Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies
You need to put these Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies on your must bake list! A soft buttery cookie that’s filled with rich and creamy dulce de leche. A great cookie to make in advance and keep on hand for those sweet cravings.
Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies are all the rage right now. I had never heard of it ten years ago and now it seems to be everywhere from a flavour in specialty coffee, cheesecake, ice cream and more. Originating in Southern America, dulce de leche literally means “candy of milk” or “milk jam”. I love that name – Milk jam – YUM!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt (optional)
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DULCE DE LECHE
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Pour sweetened condensed milk into a pie dish or pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place dish into a large roasting pan or baking pan and fill the pan with about 1-inch of hot water.
Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, then whisk the sauce to smooth out any lumps. Set aside
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line to baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Cream the and sugar together in a large bowl for 1 to 2 minutes until lighter in color and fluffy in texture. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until just combined.
Mix in the flour, which will be crumbly initially, but turns into a soft dough after well mixed.
Using a 1-inch sized cookie scoop or a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon, scoop out the cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet.
Use your thumb or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon-sized measuring spoon to gently press a round-shaped depression into the cookie. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of dulce de leche into the depression of each cookie. Sprinkle with coarse salt flakes if using.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookies are set and the edges are slightly golden in color. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Enjoy your Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies