Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Filled Shortbread Cookies
- 2 c
- all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp
- 1 c
- (2 sticks) unsalted butter (not margarine) at room temperature
- 1/2 c
- confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp
- pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
- 1 can(s)
- sweetened condensed milk
- 1 pinch
- kosher salt
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Using a lightly floured 1-1/2 or 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut dough. Place on baking sheets and put in refrigerator for about 15 minutes - this firms the dough and helps cookies keep shape while baking.
Bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes until edges of cookies are light brown. Cool on a cooling rack. Makes 24-36 unfilled cookies.
NOTE: Dulce de Leche is ready when it takes on a brown and caramel-like appearance. Remove from the oven and whisk to smoothness.
Let cool before filling and/or storing. This filling will keep in the refrigerator at a least a week. Yummy!
FOR ANOTHER TREAT: You can make a Butter Cream Frosting for a yellow or caramel cake using the Dulce de Leche filling, by adding powdered sugar, butter and cream.