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.
Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter