I knew I had to make these cookies the moment I laid eyes on them.
What’s better than a dulce de leche cookie…???
A dulce de leche sandwich cookie with the sweet caramel in the middle!
You may look closely at that picture and wonder why it looks like chocolate in the middle and not caramel….
Well…that’s because I decided Nutella would be an even tastier addition to these sweet caramel cookies.
Unfortunately, in this cookie recipe I did not use homemade dulce de leche…sorry to disappoint. In my opinion, when you’re using caramel to sweeten and give a slight flavor to cookies you don’t need to use a homemade version (at least I don’t think so).
The sauce I used was from World Market (or maybe Trader Joes) and it worked just fine.
I will warn you though, these are SWEET cookies!
I would recommend you add some kosher salt on top and call them salted caramel cookies instead. Even if you use Nutella, I recommend a hint of salt just because the cookie itself is very sweet!
Look at that delicious sweet caramel sauce.
Dulce de leche is actually just sweetened condensed milk that is cooked until it caramelizes. It’s super easy to make! Just takes a bit of time.
If you have never tried anything with dulce de leche, I suggest you start by buying a pint of Haagen Daas Dulce De Leche ice cream. It’s heaven on earth.
I had never had it until I was visiting Mikey in Spain a few years ago. He told me to try his favorite flavor, which was the dulce de leche, and I was forever in love (with him and the ice cream).
The only other tidbit I will include about these cookies is that mine should have baked a bit longer. I took them all out about 1 minute too soon and they were a little too chewy for my liking. I would have liked them to be a bit more browned and crunchy.
Recipe: Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Softened
3/4 Cup Dulce De Leche, plus more for filling (store bought of homemade)
3/4 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter well until fluffy. Add the dulce de leche and sugars, beating well until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Slowly add the flower mixture into the batter, mixing until just combined.
Spoon batter onto baking sheets and bake about 8-10 minutes until browned around edges.
Let cookies cool on a drying rack. Once cool, spread a thin layer of dulce de leche, Nutella or peanut butter between two cookies and serve!
This recipe, like many, if from Joy the Baker. If you haven’t looked at her blog yet, you must!