Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

by Erica Dinho on February 27, 2013

Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies
Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

Arequipe“… I can’t think of a word that makes me happier!

I always have one open jar of Dulce de Leche, or Arequipe, sitting in my refrigerator and a couple spares in my pantry!

I was thinking of what to make with them recently and I didn’t want to make Alfajores, milkshakes, crepes, cocadas or cakes again, and I wanted to do more than just eat it straight out of the jar, like I always do. I wanted to make something different and that my family would enjoy, so I decided to make Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies.

These cookies are buttery, sweet and absolutely delicious! I think these cookies are definitely my new favorite way to enjoy Arequipe!

Buen provecho!

Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

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(12 cookies)

  • 1/2 cup of butter or 1 stick, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of homemade or store bought dulce de leche or arequipe

Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract and salt until combined. Lower the speed of the mixer to low and add all-purpose flour in two additions.
  4. Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

  5. Form the dough into 12 balls. Place the balls of dough on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Using the round part of a 1/4-teaspoon measure, make a deep indentation in each ball.
  6. Bake the cookies until firm to the touch and golden on the bottom, about 10 minutes.
  7. Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer and cool on wire cooling rack.
  9. Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

  10. When ready to serve, fill the indentations with dulce de leche or arequipe.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa February 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

A brilliant stroke of genius! Great use of one of the most amazing things on the planet.


2 grace February 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

that thick, luscious dulce de leche is SO appealing! half of it wouldn’t even make it onto the cookies. :)


3 Barbara February 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Those look delicious, Erica. I’d never have dulce de leche left over in my fridge…I would have been spooning out mouthfuls!


4 Joanne March 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I’m normally not that into thumbprints but with a dulce de leche filling – I want and NEED!


5 lisaiscooking March 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Dulce de leche makes me very happy too! I wish I could grab a few of these cookies off the screen. The filling looks great.


6 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Oh these cookies look so wonderful. I ahev not made cookies in so long, Dulche de Leche is so perfect for a thumbprint cookie.


7 Aliza .Y. March 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Is this recipe Colombian?
Please Reply!!!


8 Erica March 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Dulce de Leche or Arequipe is a traditional Colombian dessert, but the cookies are not traditional.


9 kitty April 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

hey. could you reply with the recipe for the dulce de leche? i cant get the recipe up on my computer. i don’t know why.


10 Erica Dinho April 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM
11 Traci October 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I made these last night and followed the recipe exactly… I found the dough to be very soft and impossible to roll into balls. Is it supposed to be chilled before rolling in to balls? (By the way, I have had great luck with a lot of your recipes and am only asking out of a desire to figure out what went wrong, so please don’t take it as a criticism… not meant that way… just trying to improve for next time.)


12 Erica Dinho October 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Hi Traci,
I don’t know what went wrong! You can wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


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