Dulce de Leche Cookies

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These dulce de leche cookies are golden and delicious. A simple cookie base is topped with decadent dulce de leche to create a cookie that will have everyone’s mouth watering.

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What could be better than a rich, buttery cookie? Why, a rich, buttery cookie topped with rich, sweet dulce de leche, of course. And that’s just what you get with these cookies!

Dulce de Leche Cookies

I love cookies, and I love dulce de leche. So I thought putting them together would be a great idea – and it was!

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Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make these delicious cookies.

  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • dulce de leche
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Instructions

A few minutes and a few simple steps are all it takes to make this recipe.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and vanilla together.

Overhead shot of butter sticks and vanilla in bowl

Step 3: Add powdered sugar and beat again.

Overhead shot of powdered sugar with creamed butter in bowl

Step 4: Add flour and salt. Beat until smooth dough forms.

Overehead shot of cookie dough in bowl

Step 5: Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet.

Closeup shot of hand holding ball of cookie dough

Step 6: Slightly flatten each ball of dough. 

Step 7: Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, create a small divot in the center of each cookie.

Closeup shot of measuring spoon pressing divot into center of cookie

Step 8: Using a spoon, fill the divot with dulce de leche. Do not overfill.

Closeup shot of spoonful of dulce de leche over cookie dough with depression
Closeup shot of uncooked dulce de leche cookies on baking sheet

Step 9: Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes or until bottoms are slightly browned.

Closeup overhead shot of dulce de leche cookie on spatula

Equipment

It only takes a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or hand mixer

Substitutions

Caramel Sauce: You can use caramel sauce if you don’t have dulce de leche, although it won’t taste exactly the same.

Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free flour like almond flour for a gluten-free version.

Closeup shot of dulce de leche cookies stacked atop one another with top cookie cut in half

Options

Looking for ways to change up these dulce de leche cookies? Here are some suggestions.

Cinnamon: Add cinnamon to the cookie dough.

Cayenne Powder: Add a scant amount of cayenne to the dulce de leche to really highlight the sweetness.

Tips:

  • Don’t overfill your cookie divot with dulce de leche. You want it on the cookie, not the baking sheet.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool as soon as they’re finished baking so they don’t overcook.
Closeup shot of fingers holding up a dulce de leche cookie

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FAQ

is dulce de leche the same as caramel?

No. Caramel is made with sugar and butter, while dulce de leche is made with milk and some sugar. Both are caramelized, but they have different flavors.

How long will these cookies last?

They’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Why do these cookies have to be refrigerated?

They have to be refrigerated because of the dulce de leche in the center. It needs to be refrigerated.

Dulce de Leche Cookies

Ready to cook these dulce de leche cookies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 15 cookies

Dulce de Leche Cookies

Dulce de Leche Cookies

These dulce de leche cookies take a simple, sweet cookie dough and top it with a dollop of dulce de leche, creating a decadent cookie.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dulce de leche

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and vanilla together.
  3. Add powdered sugar and beat again.
  4. Add flour and salt. Beat until smooth dough forms.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Slightly flatten each ball of dough. 
  7. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, create a small divot in the center of each cookie.
  8. Using a spoon, fill the divot with dulce de leche. Do not overfill.
  9. Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes or until bottoms are slightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Yield

15

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 2g

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