Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron)

by Renee on May 15, 2013

Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron) with Dulce de Leche | Magnolia Days

Birthday parties are so much fun. Surprise parties are even better. All the secret planning and preparation builds such excitement. The moment the guest of honor gets the big “SURPRISE!” it is worth it all. And guess what? It’s someone’s birthday and some bloggers got together to throw a virtual party. The guest of honor is Carla of Chocolate Moosey!

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday Carla!

We have lots of treats to share. I brought Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron) with a dulce de leche topping. As soon as our host Jen of Juanita’s Cocina invited me to the party I knew I had to make something caramel-y. Carla is the one who gave me great advice the first time I made caramel sauce. I had a big failure then and tweeted about it. Carla came to the rescue and replied with helpful tips and advice. The second batch was a major success and I have her to thank.

This time I wanted to try dulce de leche. It is a type of caramel. I was inspired by Carla’s Dulce De Leche Milkshake. In her post she wrote how you can make your own with sweetened condensed milk. I followed the link to the Bakers Royale guide and decided to try the cooking it on the stove method. I wanted it to be smooth for topping the cookies. I thought I had another big caramel fail going.

I cooked the sweetened condensed milk for six hours. The guide said four but what was coming out of the holes on the top of the can was not the right color. It was still as light as it started. At six hours I turned off the heat and set it aside. I tweeted about the fail and guess who responded? Yep, it was Carla once again.It was not a failure at all. When I opened the can and poured it into a dish, the bottom was the right color. I stirred it and put it in the fridge. A little while later it was the right thickness too. Success!

Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron) with Dulce de Leche | Magnolia Days

A little about the Cuban sugar cookies. They are called Torticas de Moron and I have wanted to make them for the longest time. The first time I had one was at this local Cuban restaurant about 15 or so years ago. I’ve seen them at Publix too. Those are a little thicker than my cookies. I wanted to be really authentic although it was difficult to narrow down which recipe was truly from the city of Moron where they originated. Several recipes called for shortening or lard. It is probably more the authentic way however I went with one using butter. The cookies have a touch of citrus from lime zest. They are rich, buttery, and similar to shortbread.

Happy Birthday Carla of Chocolate Moosey Image

Carla is a talented and giving person. She is one of those kind people who will help you in any way she can. Her food photography tutorials have greatly helped to improve my photos. I am setting my white balance and using different backgrounds, setups, lighting, and much more because of her tips. She is also a great friend. She has wonderful recipes too. You have to check them out on her blog -> Chocolate Moosey

There are lots of tasty treats for this virtual party! Check out what everyone is bringing:

Happy Birthday Carla! My very best wishes to you today and in all the days to come. May your life be filled with success, love, health, and happiness!

Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron) with Dulce de Leche

3 hours

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron) with Dulce de Leche

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 can of dulce de leche

In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed for 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue to beat for 4 minutes, until it is light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

Add the egg and beat 1 more minute to combine. Scrape down bowl as needed.

Add the rum and vanilla and beat to combine.

Add the flour and beat on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a round disc. Wrap each one with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liners.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out a disc to about 3/8-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies with a round 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet. Gather up excess dough after cutting the cookies, shape into another disk, and roll out for more cookies. Use your thumb, small teaspoon, or the end of a pestle to make a small indention in the center of each cookie.

Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill for 10 to 20 minutes to firm up the dough. Repeat rolling and cutting process with second dough disc.

Bake the cookies until the edges are lightly golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely. Top each cookie with a dollop of dulce de leche.

Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature.

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Recipe adapted from one on the Cooking Channel website.

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes May 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

These sound fantastic Renee. The perfect treat to bring to our party. One of the things I admire about Carla most is her helpful nature, and your Dulce De Leche looks AMAZING!
We’ve been doing it that way in the crockpot for a few years and I remember the first time we pulled it out, I didn’t think it was going to turn out either. Looks great and what sweet words you said!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Next time I’m trying the crockpot method. I think it would be easier than continually adding water to the pot as it simmers away for hours.

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies May 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’ve always been too lazy to make my own dulce de leche, but now I’m curious to try it! These cookies look gorgeous!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Jen! You have to make your own dulce de leche. It is worth it.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 15, 2013 at 9:53 am

They are gorgeous Renee, and I like that you left the jam untouched in the center! The touch of lime is intriguing. I usually use lemon, but I bet the lime is better to balance the butter and sugar.

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I wondered about the lime at first then I took one bite and knew it was a winner.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog May 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

Carla is one of the most helpful gals I know. These cookies look so good. I wish I could take the day off and drive to your place for cookies and tea.

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I wish you could come by for cookies and tea too. Maybe someday…

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Jen @JuanitasCocina May 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

Carla is the caramel queen, ain’t she? These are so fitting!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Yes, Carla certainly is the caramel queen. She has been so helpful to me with my caramel making attempts.

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Joan@Chocolate and More May 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

Don’t you love that you can make your own Dulce de leche any time you want, and it’s half the price of buying it. These cookies sound wonderful, I’m with you on using a butter recipe, I just love the taste of a good butter based cookie!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I do love that I can make my own dulce de leche. Saving money is a great thing too.

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Carla May 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Aw glad I could help! And who would’ve guessed I was helping w my own party ;) thank you so much Renee! It’s so wonderful to get to know you and can’t wait to meet you in July!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I smiled so big when you replied to my tweet about the dulce de leche. I can’t wait to meet you in person in July too. Big hugs!!

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Anita at Hungry Couple May 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I think we need to celebrate Carla’s birthday more often. Monthly, perhaps? :)

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I agree! The treats for this virtual party are fantastic.

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Katherine G May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

This sounds and looks delicious!!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked May 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

What a wonderful post in honour of Carla, Renee! I love that it was Carla who continuously came to your rescue – it just goes to show what a sweetheart she is. These torticas de moron look amazing! You’ve got two things that I love combined together: shortbread and dulce de leche. Perfect for today’s celebration!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Carla is such a sweetheart and really connects with people and blogs from the heart.

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Dina May 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

i never heard of these. they sound yummy!

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Family Foodie May 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

oh my goodness… I am loving the new spanish flair your blog has taken… the recipes are just fabulous!

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The Ninja Baker May 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

Your cookies look picture perfect, Renee. And I bet the caramel dotted sweet tastes just as perfect. Congratulations to you and Happy Birthday Carla!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Kim. You always have such kind words about my photography.

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Liz May 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

Such wonderful cookies, Renee! Perfect treat to celebrate Carla’s birthday!

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Susan May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

These are totally my type of cookie, although anything with caramel makes me happy. One of these days I’m going to attempt to make my own dulche de leche and I know who to ask if I need help!

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Renee May 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I am a major caramel fan too. You should try making the dulce de leche. It’s a lot easier than I ever thought.

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