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7-minute Nicaraguan crema de leche

7-minute Nicaraguan crema de leche

Gilda and Goya are two brands of Maria cookies, available in Latin markets and some supermarkets.

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

20 Maria cookies, finely crushed

Makes about 8 dozen pieces.

Heat and stir milk and butter in a skillet over medium heat. When well mixed, add cookie crumbs. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is golden brown and pulls away from pan, about 7 minutes. Pour onto wax paper. When cool enough to handle, roll into bite-size balls. (Or pat into a rectangle and cut into small squares.) Place in individual bonbon cups if desired.

Nutritional information per piece: 35 calories (45 percent from fat), 1.8 g fat (0.9 g saturated, 0.7 g monounsaturated), 4.4 mg cholesterol, 0.5 g protein, 4.4 g carbohydrates, no fiber, 19.6 mg sodium.