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These little bites of pastry filled with dulce de leche are a special treat. I like to make pastelitos de dulce de leche when I have leftover scraps of pastry dough - after rolling out a pie crust, for example. But they are so delicious you will want to make a whole batch of pastry dough dedicated only to these little cookies. It's difficult to keep the dulce de leche from leaking out during baking, but don't worry about it. When the leaking dulce de leche pools around the pastries in the oven, it gives them a delicious candy crunch on the bottom.
Frozen puff pastry dough works well for these pastries too.
- 1/2 cup/8 tablespoons/1 stick butter (chilled)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (chilled)
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup sugar, (raw cane, turbinado sugar, or light brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Make the pastry dough: Add the flour, salt, and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly.
Add the butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces and the cream cheese (also cut into pieces) to the bowl and pulse several times, just until mixture starts to come together. Add the vanilla and pulse twice more briefly.
Turn dough mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Bring dough together into a disk, wrap with plastic, and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Roll out dough on a floured surface, to a thickness of about 1/4-1/8 inches. Cut dough into 2" squares with a sharp knife.
Place a small dab of dulce de leche (a little less than a teaspoon) on half of the squares.
To cover the squares with the dulce de leche, wet one finger and run it around the edge of the pastry dough with the dulce de leche. Top it with another square of pastry, and pinch edges together, extending them slightly as you do. Repeat until all of the pastries have "tops".
Take a sharp knife and trim the edges of the pastries slighly, so that they are perfect squares.
Chill pastries well, at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cinnamon with the brown sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar because it has large granules which sparkle more). Whisk the egg yolk with a teaspoon of water.
Press the edges of the chilled pastries together with the tines of a fork, being careful not to pierce the filling. Brush the pastries with egg yolk, and spring with the cinnamon sugar.
Bake pastries for 10-12 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
Makes about 25 cookies.