Maria Cookie Icebox Cake
Toasty, slightly sweet Maria cookies were an after-school snack staple for Velez while growing up in The Bronx—here, she transforms those beloved cookies into an icebox cake, layered with a sweetly spiced cream filling, topped with luscious dulce de leche, and festooned with strawberries and flowers. Can’t find Maria cookies? Velez says that any variety of thin, crunchy cookie will be delicious here. Just don’t skimp on the time in the fridge; this cake tastes best when it has a night in the fridge.