Galletas de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Cookies)

by Erica Dinho on February 18, 2012

Dulce de Leche Cookies

Hola everyone,

I made these delicious Dulce de Leche Cookies last month, but somehow never got around to posting them. You can never have too many dulce de leche or arequipe recipes, right? ;)

Make these cookies and share them with someone you love.

Buen provecho!




  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • about ½ cup sugar, for rolling

Galletas de Arequipe


  1. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350° .
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Beat the butter on medium speed for a minute or two, until smooth and creamy. Add the dulce de leche and beat for another minute.
  5. Add the sugars and beat for 3 minutes more. Add the egg, beating for 1 minute more.
  6. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl and, on low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing for about 2 minutes. The dough will be very soft and mushy.
  7. Pour the ½ cup of sugar onto a small plate. Roll the dough between your palms into balls and drop the balls, a couple at a time, into the sugar.
  8. Roll the balls around in the sugar to coat them, then place on the baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them.
  9. Dip the fork in the sugar and press the tines against each ball until you have a flattened round.
  10. Bake for about 12 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The cookies should be a little soft.
  11. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for one minute before transferring them to the cooling racks. Cool to room temperature.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nicole February 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

my kids and husband ate these so fast i only got to eat one! jajaja, we looove arequipe, great recipe thanks!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Erica February 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM


Thank you for your feedback!


3 Belinda @zomppa February 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Never, never, never. Please send some my way!


4 norma February 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I can just tate them…


5 grace February 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

these are the first dulce de leche cookies i’ve seen, erica–they look amazing!


6 Amy February 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

How many cookies does one recipe make?


7 Angelica February 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM


I would like to make this recipe but with white whole wheat flour. Do you think that I can substitute the normal all-purpose flour?
I would wait anxiously for your answer. Thanks in advance!


8 Erica February 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Angelica- you can try it and let me know. It sounds interesting!


9 Penny February 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Hola Erica,
I’m a high school student, and I take Spanish class.
We are now doing a project for the world language week which we need to choose a Spanish-speaking country and introduce it. The important part of this project is to make some food which they have in that country. And I found this website. Thank you so much for sharing all these recipes!! I believe I will make some great Colombian food.


10 Penny February 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

By the way, may I ask how many cookies will a recipe make?


11 Erica March 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

About 18 cookies


12 Erica March 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Thank you guys!


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