These chocolate dulce de leche linzer cookies are the stuff of dreams. Thick and creamy caramel sandwiched together with rich chocolate shortbreads.
For the Dulce De Leche:
- 1 397g tin of condensed milk
For the Cookies:
- 375g plain flour
- 45g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 large, free range eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- To make the dulce de leche: lay the unopened can of condensed milk on its side in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan. Fill the pan with water making sure that the can of milk is completely submerged and the water level is a few inches above the can. Place the pan over a high heat until the water comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and allow to simmer for 3 hours. Check the water levels every 45 minutes, adding more boiling water to ensure the can stays submerged.
- Remove the dulce de leche from the pan using a pair of tongs and allow to cool completely before opening. I usually do this the night before I need it.
- To make the cookies: Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition before adding vanilla.
- With the mixer on the lowest speed add the dry ingredients to the wet and bet until just incorperated. Divide the dough into two and form two flat discs. Wrap each disc in cling film and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 170°C and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Lightly flour your work surface and roll one of the chilled dough discs out to 1/4″ thickness. Using a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter cut out 24 rounds, repeat using the second batch of dough making sure to re-roll any scraps of dough you have left until you have 48 rounds. Using a smaller cookie cutter in whichever shape you like, cut out the centres of 24 of your rounds.
- Place rounds on baking sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place your cooled dulce de leche in a piping bag and pipe 1 tablespoon into the centre of each of the whole cookies, spread it out slightly with a spatula or the back of a spoon and top with the cut out cookie and repeat until finished.
- Dust with a little icing sugar for a festive flurry.
The discs of dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Unopened cans of dulce de leche can be kept in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Left over opened dulce de leche can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.