Passover Alfajores (Chocolate Coated Caramel Sandwich Cookies)

Alfajores are popular sandwich cookies filled with Dulce de Leche or caramel served all over South America but especially in Argentina.  Here is a version that is made with matzo crackers that makes a wonderful dessert during Passover or a special hostess gift during the week.

Passover Alfajores

½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon vanilla
Kosher for Passover Tam Tam Crackers
12 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
Coarse Pink Himalayan or Hawaiian salt for garnish-optional
1.    Combine the cream, sugars, and salt in a heavy 2 quart saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil stirring only until the sugar is melted.

2.    Reduce the heat to moderate and continue to cook the mixture until a thermometer registers 245F. or until a teaspoon of mixture dropped into a small bowl of ice water forms a firm ball. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Set aside to cool slightly while you melt the chocolate.

3.    Melt 2/3rds of the chocolate in a 1 quart bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds on high.  Stir until smooth.  If necessary return chocolate to microwave and melt at 20 second intervals on 80% power until chocolate is melted.  Add the remaining chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth.

4.    Spoon a teaspoon of the caramel onto a cracker and then sandwich with another cracker.  Repeat with the remaining filling and crackers.

5.    Carefully dip each sandwich in the melted chocolate and then place on waxed or parchment paper to harden. If desired, sprinkle with a few grains of salt while chocolate is still warm.

Yield: about 2 dozen

NOTE:  You can use chocolate coating which will have a high gloss but not a depth of flavor or you can use good chocolate but have a dull surface.  Both will taste good.  However, in order to get the best flavor with the best look, follow the following directions to temper the chocolate:

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