Alfajores de Dulce de Leche (caramel Sandwich Cookies)

 

Paula Austin made these flaky, caramel-filled Argentine sandwich cookies for her sister-in-law's wedding brunch; they drew rave reviews. Dulce de leche, a thick, rich caramel made with sweetened milk, is sold in Mexican markets and some well-stocked supermarkets. If it's unavailable, use a thick caramel sauce or ice cream topping.

What you will need

About 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

3 tablespoons dark rum

1 teaspoon vanilla

About 2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

About 1 3/4 cups dulce de leche or caramel sauce (see note preceding)

About 1 cup sweetened flaked dried coconut

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