Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies
- ½ cup of butter or 1 stick at room temperature
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1 large eggs at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- ½ cup of homemade or store bought dulce de leche or arequipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- 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.
- 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 ¼-teaspoon measure, make a deep indentation in each ball.
- Bake the cookies until firm to the touch and golden on the bottom, about 10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer and cool on wire cooling rack.
- When ready to serve, fill the indentations with dulce de leche or arequipe.
"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!
A brilliant stroke of genius! Great use of one of the most amazing things on the planet.
that thick, luscious dulce de leche is SO appealing! half of it wouldn't even make it onto the cookies. 🙂
Those look delicious, Erica. I'd never have dulce de leche left over in my fridge...I would have been spooning out mouthfuls!
I'm normally not that into thumbprints but with a dulce de leche filling - I want and NEED!
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.
Oh these cookies look so wonderful. I ahev not made cookies in so long, Dulche de Leche is so perfect for a thumbprint cookie.
Is this recipe Colombian?
Dulce de Leche or Arequipe is a traditional Colombian dessert, but the cookies are not traditional.
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.
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.)
I don't know what went wrong! You can wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Hi. I love your blog - great recipes. I made these cookies recently - you can see my attempt if you look at my blog! They were delicious and a great way to eat dulce de leche, but I'm afraid I do have to agree with Traci in that the dough was quite soft, so not sure if I did something wrong? I might add a bit more flour next time. Anyway, great blog 🙂
can i use store bought Arequipe or Dulce de Leche or should i make it homemade?
You can use store bought arequipe.
the dough comes out pretty soft, and looks nothing like the pics. what kind of sugar do you use? they still came out delicious though, so I can't complain 🙂