Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.

Dulce de leche is all the rage right now. I had never heard of it ten years ago and now it seems to be everywhere from a flavour in specialty coffee, cheesecake, ice cream and more. Originating in Southern America, dulce de leche literally means “candy of milk” or “milk jam”. I love that name – Milk jam – YUM!

Essentially, dulce de leche is a type of caramel made from sweetened condensed milk. For people like me, dulce de leche is like crack! I can, and have, scooped spoonfuls of the stuff out of the jar and ate it. Delish I tell you! Drizzle some on your ice cream, spread it on a peanut butter sandwich, scone, or pancake. The possibilities are endless with dulce de leche.

A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.

I love how accessible international foods are now. For those not wanting to make dulce de leche at home, there are plenty of brands available at most grocery stores. I keep a jar or two on my pantry shelf for any time that the caramel craving hits!

These thumbprint cookies I want to share with you taste totally amazing. They actually remind me of a Twix chocolate bar. The shortbread cookie with dulce de leche and chocolate drizzle on top make this the greatest thumbprint cookie I have ever had.

Roll the shortbread dough into a ball and make an indentation with your thumb or the cap of a chapstick.

Roll the shortbread dough into a ball and make an indentation with your thumb or the cap of a chapstick. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325F for 20 minutes.

Bake at 325F for 20 minutes. As you can see, the cookies spread out a little during the baking. It may be necessary to repress the indentation after baking.

Once the cookies have cooled completely, spoon some dulce de leche in each thumbprint. Drizzle some melted chocolate on top.

A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.

Just look at those cookies! I am glad I have some more on the counter. I think I will have a couple more once I am done this post!

Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.
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A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until smooth. Slowly mix in the flour until the dough is an even consistency and comes away from the bowl.
  • Roll the cookies in 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, or the cap from a Chapstick tube, press down in the centre of each ball to create an indentation.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes. The cookies should just start to brown along the bottom edges. Remove from the oven. If desired, repress the indentations (they rise a bit during baking).
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Spoon some dulce de leche in each thumbprint.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave, using a double boiler, or a bowl resting on a pot of barely boiling water. Whisk in the butter until smooth. Using a knife or pastry bag, drizzle the chocolate on top of the cookies.

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A recipe for a shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with dulce de leche and drizzled with melted chocolate. Tastes similar to a Twix candy bar with the caramel and chocolate.

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  • Best, easiest way in the world to make your own dulce de leche…. Take a can of sweetened condensed milk, remove the label and DO NOT OPEN THE CAN. Put in your crockpot and totally cover with water, about an inch over the top of the can. Set the crockpot on low and let it go for 8 hours. Take out and immediately put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When you open the can it beautiful caramel color and the BEST dulce de leche ever, and easiest!

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  • those are perfect looking thumbprints!

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  • Yum, Steve! Love the beautifully draped caramel! These would accompany a cup of coffee wonderfully.

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  • These are stunning, Steve! I love dulce-de-leche. Love the combo with chocolate too!

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  • These cookies look amazing! Beautiful!!

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  • These look so melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious and gorgeous!! My Brazilian neighbor introduced me to dulce de leche a while back…so wonderful!

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  • WOW! These are stunning….

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  • perfect looking cookies delicious pictures

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  • These look too pretty to be real! But I’ll take your word for it and try them on for size… maybe next weekend. 🙂 Thanks!

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  • This is a good reminder to me of how talented you are when it comes to cookies, I remember your holiday cookies very well.
    These look so picture perfect-they need to go in a bakery front window. I would surely have to buy some. Deliciously done Steve!

  • OH MY! These are just brilliant steve! They look so pretty and perfect. Using dulce le leche as the filling is just genius! 🙂

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  • Those have to be the most perfect little thumbprint cookies I’ve ever seen. And the addition of dulce de leche? Brilliant!

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  • These are so perfect looking!

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  • How many cookies does this recipe make, and how long do the cookies keep?

    You said the center ‘well’ contains dulce le leche, but from the photos, it looks just like the chocolate that’s drizzled over the top.

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    • the recipe makes about 24 cookies and they should stay good in an airtight container for 3-5 days. They never last that long in our house! 🙂 Dulce de leche is a deep caramel colour and I used milk chocolate so yes the filling and the drizzle did look similar in colour.

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  • These cookies will go great with my Dulce de Leche ice cream! <3

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  • Thanks Steve! They are soooo deicious! You make it look so easy to bake.

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  • These look amazing!
    Do you have a recipe or link for your dulce de leche?

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  • those cookies look amazing – perfect circles. I love the sound of milk jam, too… I may have to start calling it that.

    milk jam cookies. yep, I like it!

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  • Oh YUM!

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  • Holy cow you’re clever! I just love these cookies!

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