Sweet Unity

The word, Yoga, literally means to unite. Some say it is the uniting of individual consciousness with higher consciousness. Others believe it to be a state of realization. However, practically speaking, it is a state of unity, balance, and equilibrium, between body and brain, brain and mind, mind and spirit. In food terms, it is the alfajor–spiritual equilibrium found in the form of a cookie. A state of unity, a balance between taste and absolute comfort for the mind and spirit.

Two light butter cookies with a layer of dulce de leche or sweet caramel cream  – and rolled in coconut, a favorite South American cookie.

Known as arequipe in Colombia, manjar in Honduras, dulce de leche (sweet milk) in Mexico, this is about as close as one can get to sweet harmony. If you are lucky enough to have a Latin American bodega with dulce de leche in stock, even better, or, just boil a can of condensed milk for three hours, keeping the can covered in the boiling water and your caramel filling is ready.  Adding cinnamon and nutmeg or even a dash of chipotle powder only heightens it decadent taste.

Closing your eyes and biting into this cookie will certainly make one have a new appreciation for the term yoga. Ohm, yum, ohm, yum.



Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Grated coconut

Preparation:

To make cookie dough:
Cream the butter and sugar together, then mix in the remaining ingredients except the dulce de leche and coconut until well blended. Knead on a floured work surface until the dough is smooth and let rest for 15 minutes.

Make the cookies:
Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch and cut into 2-inch rounds. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 300°F oven for 20 minutes. When cool, spread some dulce de leche on the bottom of half the cookies and press another cookie on top, allowing some of the dulce de leche to squeeze from the sides. Roll the sides in the coconut until the sides are covered.
Makes about 12 delicious, definitely non low calorie cookies!

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