Gooey, Sweet Caramel Sandwich Cookies

alfaroSometimes, when I'm eating a cookie, I just can't help thinking how amazing it would be if I were eating another cookie at the same time. And if there were a thick layer of ooey, gooey caramel between those two cookies. Now doesn't that sound scrumptious?

That's why the Argentines invented this caramel cookie sandwich! It's just a simple sugar cookie with caramel. Basically it's a Twix without the chocolate coat, although if you want to melt some chocolate over this cookie, I think that would be a mighty fine idea.

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Caramel Sandwich Cookie, via Food Network

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened
  • 1/2 cups dulce de leche, at room temperature*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor (or using a hand-mixer), combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Pulse until dough comes together into a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour so that you can shape the soft dough into a ball. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and roll the dough 1/8-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bring the dough scraps together and gently press into a ball. Flour your work surface, re-roll 1/8-inch thick, and cut out more rounds.
  4. Bake the cookies until they are golden and firm, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  5. Place the dulce de leche in a small bowl and stir in the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the dulce de leche on the flat side of a cookie and sandwich with the flat side of another cookie. Place the cookies on a platter, dust them with powdered sugar, and serve.
*Look for dulce de leche in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store. And just try not eating it all directly out of the jar! You could also use caramel sauce, which you can find by the ice cream toppings.

 

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