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February 2, 2014

Sweetheart Cookies - Casadinhos

These cookies are so yummy and quick to make and only three ingredients are needed to make them, plus the filling to put them together - doce de leite, which is a sticky, sweet treat, and could be translated as milk jam, milk candy or caramel.


I believe all Brazilian households have pressure cookers in their kitchens. We use them to cook beans, meat, soups. Foods are cooked quickly while their nutrients are preserved. Pressure cookers are also widely used to make doce de leite, which is cooked condensed milk, and we use it as filling for cookies, cakes, pastries. It tastes so very rich and decadent that many times we eat it with a spoon.

Cooking a can of condensed milk in a pressure cooker takes about 1 hour, but pressure cookers can be unsafe if you don't know how to use them properly, but there is another way to make this yummy golden caramel, it is a slower process but it is worth every minute.

How to make caramel out of a can of sweetened condensed milk without using a pressure cooker : get an un-opened can of sweetened condensed milk and place it in a crock-pot completely submerged in water, and set it to cook for 8 hours with the lid on. Make sure you open the condensed milk can only when it is completely cooled off.

Casadinhos

♥ 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
♥ 2 sticks + 1 1/2 spoon softened butter
♥ 1 cup sugar

Ingredient for the Filling: ♥ 1 can of cooked condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the flour and beat the mixture until a soft dough forms. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth.
Roll dough to 1/4" thick (some people think it is easier if they roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper). Using a 2"round cookie cutter, cut the cookies and place them onto baking trays lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until barely brown on the bottom. Cool on wire racks.

Spread half the cookies with doce de leite filling and sandwich together with remaining cookies, roll out the their edges in sugar.


24 comments :

  1. These cookies looks fabulous!! They look like the "alfajores" with dulce de leche or "manjar" as we have in Chile.
    :)

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    1. Hello Fran, I think you are right, casadinhos com doce de leite (as we call it in Brazil) is the Brazilian version of the alfajores with dulce de leche.

      Nice to hear from you :)

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  2. Que delicia de doce,adoro!1 beijos,linda semana!chica

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    1. Bom dia Chica. Eu tbém adoro mas agora vou distribuí-los entre os amigos senão os quilinhos vão aumentar, rsrsrs.

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  3. Nossa Regina, deu água na boca... bjusss e uma boa semana.

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    1. Bom dia Claudee.
      Bom te ver aqui, tudo bem com você?

      Tenha uma boa semana você tbém.

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  4. Oi, Regina,

    Que delícias estes casadinhos, são legítimos amanteigados, com recheio
    de doce de leite, não é verdade? Eles também ficaram muito lindinhos!

    Um beijo

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    1. São mesmo os deliciosos casadinhos da culinária brasileira Marly. Eu adoro.

      Beijos

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  5. Que aspeto deliciosos. Adoro bolos com leite condensado!

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    1. Eu gosto tanto de leite condensado cozido que como puro com colher :)

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  6. These are the most delicious sweets from Brazil. I can even taste them now.... just wish I had some at home. Nice pictures!!

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    1. Hi Priscila, if you ever come to CT I'll be glad to make some for you :)

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  7. You are here!!! Why not in portughese anymore ?
    Feliz por te reencontrar!
    BJô

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    1. Why in English? Just practicing...

      Happy that you found me :)

      Beijos

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  8. The cookies look crisp and perfect with caramel filling. We use pressure cooker too in Indian cooking. Isn't that a great time saver?

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    1. Thank you Shibi. Indeed cooking with pressure cooker saves a great deal of time.

      Cheers

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  9. How many cans of condensed milk do you need for 1 batch of cookies?

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    1. Hello, the answer is in the ingredients: 1 can of condensend milk.

      Have fun making them, I always do :)

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  10. oh... they look scrumptious! I think i'm gonna bake them (once we finish all gingerbreads/cakes/christmas cheesecakes etc ;))

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    1. Hello Marcela. I understand, so many things to cook, and to eat... we need more than 24 hrs a day :))

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  11. Hello Regina, what a lovely recipe ! Your pictures are so beautiful and I love the colors.

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  12. Fabulous recipe!!!
    We are just about to get married and a friend form Costa Rica told us about these cakes (called just "pastel de boda" in CR) and a wonderful legend.
    Saludos desde México
    Greetings from Mexico
    Saudações do México

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    1. Thank you so much Mikhell, congratulations on the wedding.

      Saudações do you!

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