Posted On November 2, 2008

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Ingredients >
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua (or 2 tablespoons brewed coffee)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 oz. fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, melted and cooled
About ½ cup dulce de leche or very thick, spreadable caramel (see note)

Method >
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with oven racks in upper and lower thirds.

Sift or whisk together flour, cocoa, chili powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl until combined. Set aside.

Combine butter and sugar in a bowl. Using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks, coffee liqueur (or coffee) and vanilla, beating well, scraping down the sides after each addition. Mix in the cooled chocolate.

Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients ½ cup at a time, and mix until combined well.

Drop batter by rounded teaspoons 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with ground almonds. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed up and dry looking around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool.

Continue with the remaining dough, making sure to let the baking sheets cool between batches.

To fill the cookies; spread ½ teaspoon of dulce de leche on the flat side of a cookie, top with a second cookie to form a sandwich. Fill remaining cookies in the same manner.

Note: Dulce de leche is available near the canned milk in Hispanic markets and many supermarkets.