Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

I feel like I write this all the time, but the moment I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. What’s not to like about a shortbread cookie base, topped with Dulce de Leche and Chocolate? These are like the grown up answer to Twix candy bars.

As I said, I knew right away I would make these cookies, and I think I waited all of 24 hours before I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t have great luck with the first batch. The cookie dough was way too dry and crumbly. I was able to force it into ball shapes, but the moment I pressed down to make the thumbprint, the cookie cracked all around, almost in half. I baked them anyways, but they weren’t very pretty and seemed too hard. They were fine for dunking in coffee but not quite what I was hoping for in these cookies.

I could have easily enjoyed eating the dulce de leche all by itself with a spoon, or even dunking the sad crumbly cookies in it, but I was determined to make the whole cookie work. So, I took a peek at my usual thumbprint recipe and, as I suspected, it called for a much higher wet to dry ingredient ratio. I made a few adjustments and the second batch turned out just the way I wanted. Still a lower ratio than the other recipe, but it worked perfectly for this short bread base. Just goes to show the difference a half of a cup of flour can make in a cookie. Of course, these adjustments are reflected in the recipe below.


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Nikki

    Such cuuuttteeee cookies, Jess!

  2. MySweetCreations

    The photos of it look amazingly delicious!

  3. Foodie Stuntman

    Shortbread, dulce de leche and chocolate? Wish I could have been there. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  4. Geri Saucier

    These cookies look delicious:) Dulce de Leche is one of my favorites. Great post!

  5. M D

    Beautiful cookies! Love Dulce de Leche and chocolate combo.

  6. candice

    Where can I purchase dulce de leche from?

    1. Jessica

      I responded to your email, but wanted to also leave the answer here in case anyone else is wondering!Dulce de leche is usually found in the ethnic section of your super market, with foods from Mexico. Every once in a while a store will have a jar or 2 with the baking supplies.

  7. Krystal Regueiro

    These are screaming awesomeness in a cookie. Congrats on making the Top 9, too. YOU ROCK JESS!!!

  8. Cathleen

    I just made two batches of chocolate chip cookies! Why didn't I see this before!? Now I want to make these!!

  9. Mercedes

    These look incredibly delicious! I am supposed to make a dessert that includes caramel for a party this weekend and this just may be the answer!

  10. mics

    You just can't beat that kind of combination, and these cookies really do look great 🙂
    I always have a hard time shaping thumbprint cookies, before and after baking – they always crack!
    I'd like to try your recipe, and wanted to ask if you happen to know how much the adjusted flour amount should weigh?
    By the way, if using less flour do you think the sugar amount should be reduced, or is it not too sweet as it is?
    Thank you!

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