Shortbread Sandwiches

29 Apr

My cupboards are a mess. I have very little storage space in my kitchen so all my spices are on one shelf. God forbid I need to garnish something in a hurry because I will be looking for that paprika for the next two years.  So yesterday, when I was taking a break from homework and writing, I started organizing my spice shelf.  I found a lot of things that I didn’t know existed; 2 cloves of garlic, three cinnamon sticks and my most exciting find, vanilla beans! I love how the tiny black seeds make any dessert look more fancy. I took a break from organizing and made Shortbread Sandwiches, half with dulce de leche and half with strawberry jam.   The vanilla bean adds a nice vanilla flavor.  Oh, and when you’re done scraping out the seeds, stick the pod into some raw sugar to make vanilla sugar.  Alright, I am going to go back to organizing, maybe I’ll find some other exotic spice that I didn’t know I had.

Adapted from here


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup  sugar
  • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups  unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Directions: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in vanilla bean scrapings. Incorporate in salt and flour, and mix until just incorporated. Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat oven 375 degrees. Roll out dough and cut into circles, refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes, and then bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly firm. Wait till the cookies are cool, add jam to one half and then place the other cookie on top.  Repeat with another cookie and add dulce de leche. Keep sandwiching until all the cookies are done. Enjoy!


5 Responses to “Shortbread Sandwiches”

  1. Nelly Rodriguez April 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    yum! and yup, it’s super exciting to discover little hidden treasures, ESPECIALLY if they are vanilla beans!

    • Alexis February 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      I've ways wneredod how you can incorporate vanilla beans into shortbread. Very useful technique you got here.

  2. itsybitsybrianna April 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    these look so so delicious
    I might just have to try them!

    please feel free to stop by and say hi.

  3. Thea January 3, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    how many do they make??? I have these at school with custard they are yummy!!!

  4. Branco February 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Of cursoe – please do, Elizabeth! It really was a hit when I served it and SO simple to prepare. I hope you like it!

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