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Alfajores Hidden Surprise Cookies

Red Hot Holiday Trends - Put a new twist on an old classic by stacking these Argentinian-inspired sandwich cookies triple high and adding a secret pocket filled with sweet surprises.

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  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
Butter and egg called for on cookie mix pouch
2/3
cup dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk)
1/4
cup hazelnut spread with cocoa
1
teaspoon multicolored candy sprinkles
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2
teaspoons shortening
1/4
cup toasted coconut

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Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets).
  • 2 Make sugar cookie dough as directed on pouch. Roll dough into 36 (1-inch) balls; place on ungreased large cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.
  • 3 Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Using 1 1/4-inch round cutter; cut the center out of 12 of the cookies and set aside for another use. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 4 Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons dulce de leche on each of 12 uncut cookies. Top each with cookie with center cut out. Fill each hole of 11 of the cookies with 1 teaspoon hazelnut spread. Fill 12th cookie with colored sprinkles (that’s the surprise cookie). Spread 1/2 teaspoon dulce de leche around top edge of each cookie to act as "glue," and top with remaining 12 cookies. Press together gently to squeeze dulce de leche out slightly.
  • 5 In small microwavable bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate. Roll edges of other half of each cookie in toasted coconut, pressing slightly to allow it to stick. Place on sheet of waxed paper; refrigerate to set chocolate. If desired, place cookies in decorative bags to give as gifts.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Bonus! Make mini alfajores sandwich cookies with the leftover cookie centers!

Can’t find dulce de leche? Substitute cajeta (goat milk candy spread).

Roll edges in crushed nuts instead of coconut for extra flavor and texture.

To toast coconut, heat oven to 350°F. Spread coconut in ungreased shallow pan. Bake uncovered about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
430
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
56g
56%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
38g
38%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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