When I have a friend or family member who’s feeling down, under the weather or just needs a little pick-me-up, there’s nothing I love more than giving a homemade treat to sweeten his or her day. It’s a simple way to show you care–and it tastes good, too! After all, “stressed” spelled backward is “desserts,” right?
One of my favorite, easy-to-make homemade gifts is Mini Alfajores. These Spanish-inspired sandwich cookies are made with buttery sugar cookie dough that’s baked and filled with sweet, indulgent dulce de leche and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. They’re a great way to spread a lot of love in bite-size form.
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to get these gifts going: Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, butter, flour, an egg and a can of dulce de leche. For the filling, you can also use cajeta (another caramelized liquid) or jam.
Mix together the cookie mix, butter, flour and egg and roll out on a floured surface. Cut the dough into small circles and bake until lightly golden brown.
Wrap the cookies lightly in paper and place in miniature bags. Throw in some confetti or decorate the bags with stickers for a little more spunk. These gifts may be mini, but they’re sure to get big smiles!