Dulce De Leche Cookies

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Dulce De Leche Cookie

“A Little smile, a word of cheer, a bit of love from someone near, a little gift from one held dear, best wishes for the coming year…These make a Merry Christmas!” -John Greenleaf Whittier

We are on day number 6 and I’m so excited that we are half way done in the 12 days of holiday baking! I hope you have been enjoying these recipes as much as I have. Yesterday we made peppermint pattie brownies from America’s Test Kitchen and I saw another recipe for Salted Dulce de Leche cookies from them. I had never made these before, but figured I’d give them a try.

This is a perfect recipe for your fans of the salty-sweet flavor combination. The cookies are buttery and flavorful, and the sweet dulce de leche is irresistible. And on top of that, they mixed in coarse sea salt into the dulce de leche. The large salt granules gave it a slight crunch. You can buy the dulce de leche or easily make your own from a can of condensed milk.

These cookies are great packaged in a gift box, or if you have decorative pieces like we did, you can then just put a decorative plastic wrap around them and tie a big bow on top for an easy gift.

And if you have missed the other days of our holiday baking you can find all the recipes here.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did, and don’t forget to save some for yourself.

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie

Dulce De Leche Cookies


America's Test Kitchen - Dulce De Leche Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 16 pieces and softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • Confectioner's sugar


  • Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, mix flour, superfine sugar, and salt on low speed until combined.
  • Add butter, 1 piece at a time, and mix until crumbly, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add cream cheese and vanilla and beat until mixture begins to form large clumps.
  • Knead dough by hand, just until it forms cohesive mass. Divide dough in half, form each half into disk, wrap disks in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375°.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll each disk of dough 1/8 inch thick; refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Using 1 3/4 inch cookie cutter, cut dough, gathering and rerolling scraps once; space cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared sheets.
  • Bake 1 sheet at a time, until light golden brown, about 10 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking.
  • Let cookies cool on sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.
  • Microwave dulce de leche in bowl at 50 percent power for 20 seconds. Sir in sea salt.
  • Spread bottoms of half of cookies evenly with warm dulce de leche, then top with remaining cookies, pressing lightly to adhere.
  • Dust cookies with confectioners sugar before serving.

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      Salted Dulce De Leche Cookies

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      • Cia Black December 21, 2017, 8:00 am

        All I have to do is get some dulce de leche, and I make this. I was surprised by how many of the ingredients I already had. I love the salty-sweet taste that it has.

        • serena December 21, 2017, 8:37 am

          Me too. I’m such a lover of the salty/sweet in my pastries.

      • Lisa Rios December 22, 2017, 10:07 am

        These look delicious! We had some great dulce de leche cookies recently. They are so creamy and filling. I could have 20.

        • serena December 22, 2017, 12:51 pm

          Thanks so much! I’m such a fan of these. Love dulce de leche

      • Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition December 22, 2017, 1:26 pm

        At first I thought this recipe would be really complicated, but I’m glad to see it’s just a few ingredients and something I can definitely handle! Thanks for sharing

        • serena December 22, 2017, 3:56 pm

          Thanks so much!

      • Krystal Butherus December 22, 2017, 2:54 pm

        I’ll have to see where I can get dulce de leche and make these. They look so delicious!

        • serena December 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

          You could get a can of condensed milk and make your own. Super easy. Otherwise you should find this in the grocery stores.

      • Angela Tolsma December 22, 2017, 3:18 pm

        I have never heard of Delce De Leche but now that I’ve looked up how to make it you can bet I am going to and put it between cookies! Great recipe

        • serena December 22, 2017, 3:57 pm

          Thanks so much! Enjoy 🙂

      • Alice December 22, 2017, 3:21 pm

        A family friend of ours always brings us these cookies along with some homemade tamales around Christmas time, it’s our FAVORITE. I might have to try to make my own!

        • serena December 22, 2017, 3:55 pm

          I’m such a fan of homemade tamales. Love getting those this time of year. Enjoy 🙂

      • Melissa Chapman December 22, 2017, 3:55 pm

        That cookie is what the holidays are all about. I am not a baker except from a box but if I get the urge I will try this for my kids.

        • serena December 22, 2017, 3:57 pm

          Thanks so much!

      • Karen Morse December 22, 2017, 4:51 pm

        Dulce de leche will always be one of my favorite flavors and I think this is awesome since it’s sandwiched between two lovely cookies! I would love to keep the recipe!

      • Maria Katsulos December 22, 2017, 6:32 pm

        I usually am wary of dulce de leche because it seems difficult and I’m definitely an amateur, but this recipe almost looks like I could do it!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Jessica Joachim December 23, 2017, 9:10 am

        These look so delicious, and I think I have everything to make them already! I may have to try these out when my mom comes over tomorrow for Christmas eve.

      • Terri Steffes December 23, 2017, 9:38 am

        These cookies sound delicious. I am always looking for a new cookie recipe to try!

      • Rachel December 23, 2017, 10:36 am

        These cookies sound delicious. My husband loves dulce de leche anything. I will have to try them.

      • kimberly lewis December 23, 2017, 11:14 am

        your cookies look so good! I am a cookie fanatic and this looks like it needs to be part of my favorite cookie list!

      • Erica December 23, 2017, 12:30 pm

        This dulce de leche cookie looks like another great one. This appears like it would taste relatively light and would be something nice to eat at the end of a meal for a little sweet.

      • BRITTANY GILES December 23, 2017, 1:09 pm

        I really just need for you to mail me some because there is no way I can recreate this awesomeness!

        • serena December 24, 2017, 10:19 am

          Ha Ha Ha! Thanks so much 🙂

      • brianne December 23, 2017, 6:59 pm

        These cookies look super delicious. I’m taking recipes down now for my tomorrow baking!

      • Nailil December 23, 2017, 7:12 pm

        These cookies look so good. I love dulce de leche, it’s such a tasty flavor.

      • Cindy Ingalls December 24, 2017, 7:21 pm

        I remember eating cookies like these when I was a kid. I just loved the powdered sugar and the rich creaminess of the center. They were a real holiday treat.

      • Tiffany Haywood December 24, 2017, 8:26 pm

        Oh my Goodness!! I am nearly drooling over these cookies. They look delicious and I would love to give them a taste.

      • Heather December 26, 2017, 6:54 am

        These are beautiful and sound absolutely delicious. I’d love to make them over winter break with my daughters.

      • Pam December 26, 2017, 8:55 am

        These sound delicious! I’m going to add them to my recipe collection for next year’s baking day! They’d make a great gift for others. 🙂

      • Britt December 26, 2017, 10:38 pm

        Oh wow these look to die for! I would love to try these bad boys before New Years hits with the family!


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