Spiced Linzer Cookies with Dulce de Leche

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These crisp and buttery Linzer cookies are flavored with pumpkin spice and filled with homemade dulce de leche. They are easy to make and the sweet, warm and comforting flavors make them the perfect fall or holiday season treat.

spiced linzer cookies with dulce de leche

This post was originally published on Nov. 1, 2015.

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche (which translates to “candy made from milk”) is a thick, sweet, caramel-like sauce that originated in Latin America and was apparently invented as a way to preserve milk.

In its simplest form, dulce de leche consists of just milk and sugar, cooked until all the water in the milk has evaporated and the sugar has caramelized.

Dulce de leche can be made in several different ways and for the recipe here I opted to bake the contents of a can of sweetened condensed milk in the oven until they turned light brown, following instructions by Epicurious.

The process takes about an hour and a half and is very simple and almost entirely hands-off: You simply pour the sweetened condensed milk into a deep dish pie pan, then cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil, set it in a water bath and bake in a 425-degree oven.

The resulting thick sauce looks like caramel but tastes much better; the flavor is much more complex and the sweetness much less harsh.

For the recipe here, you fill the dulce de leche in between pumpkin spice-flavored Linzer cookies and serve them as a delicious fall or holiday cookie.

Recipe Notes:

If you’re interested in visual instructions, I have step-by-step photos on how to make Linzer cookies in this post: Linzer Cookies with Ginger Cardamom Raspberry Jam.

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spiced linzer cookies with dulce de leche
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Spiced Linzer Cookies with Dulce de Leche

These crisp and buttery Linzer cookies are flavored with pumpkin spice and filled with homemade dulce de leche. They are easy to make and the sweet, warm and comforting flavors make them the perfect fall or holiday season treat.
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dulce de leche, linzer cookies
Servings: 14 cookies
Calories: 260kcal

Ingredients:

For the dulce de leche:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)

For the cookies:

  • 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

Instructions:

For the dulce de leche:

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil and set into a roasting pan.
  • Bring a kettle of water to boil and pour the water into the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the pie plate.
  • Bake until the milk has turned brown (1.5 –2 hours). Check after about 45 minutes and refill the hot water if necessary.
  • Let cool, then strain into a glass bowl.

For the cookies:

  • Whisk flour, salt and spice together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar until well combined and creamy.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Beat in the dry ingredients.
  • Bring the dough together into a ball by hand, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap, then cut out the cookies.
  • Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until they are lightly browned (12 – 15 minutes).
  • Let the cookies cool.
  • Sift powdered sugar onto the top cookies.
  • Spoon a dollop of dulce de leche onto the bottom cookies and top with a cut-out center cookie.

Notes:

If you’re interested in visual instructions, I have step-by-step photos on how to make Linzer cookies in this post: Linzer Cookies with Ginger Cardamom Raspberry Jam.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.1g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 12.9g | Saturated Fat: 8.1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 28.9g | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg

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12 comments

  1. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen says:

    I love the way you describe how you shot these Nicole! You always make everything look so beautiful. It helps aspiring photographers to know that it is not always simple and straightforward to create these images, even when you are very talented! p.s I have never made dulce de leche either, but as always you make me want to try it right now! x

  2. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen says:

    So gorgeous Nicole! I have been dying to make linzer cookies for a while (something about cutting them out and sandwiching together I think!) and love how you have filled them with dulce de leche – I really need to try that method of transforming your can of sweetened condensed milk into caramel, it is genius!

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