Delicious Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, fellow bakers and halloween enthusiasts! As we approach the spooky season where skeletons gone mad, witches brew potions, and ghosts lurk in every corner, I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite cookies recipe – Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies Recipe.

For those who have never heard of Dulce De Leche before, it is an Argentinian sweet that literally translates to “candy of milk.” It’s made by simmering sweetened condensed milk until it thickens and caramelizes. This rich and caramel-y goodness is a staple in many Latin American desserts, such as alfajores, tres leches cake, and churros.

Now, let’s talk about the star of this recipe – the Bat Cookies! Not only are they perfect for Halloween celebrations, but they’re also delicious year-round. These cookies are buttery and crumbly shortbread cookies flavored with pure vanilla extract and mingled with Argentinian dulce de leche. They’re cut out into cute bat shapes using a cookie cutter and finished with a sprinkle of coarse salt on top.

If you’re a chocolate lover like me or simply want to elevate your bats to the next level, try dipping them in melted dark chocolate, making them look like flying bat pops!

With just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time, you too can recreate these delicious Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies. So let’s grab our aprons and get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies
Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies

This Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies Recipe is nothing short of magic. The combination of the pure vanilla extract, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar creates a delightfully sweet and flavorful cookie that you won’t be able to resist. What makes this recipe even more special is the addition of the Argentinian dulce de leche flavor. This one ingredient truly brings these cookies to a whole new level.

Not only do these cookies taste amazing, but they are also super fun and easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you’ll have a batch of spooky Halloween cookies that will impress everyone at your party. Plus, because they are shaped like cute little bats, your guests will love their creativity and cuteness.

But even beyond Halloween, these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion. The buttery and soft shortbread cookie base makes them versatile enough to be paired with coffee or milk for an afternoon snack or served as dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

Overall, you’ll love this recipe for its unique and delicious flavors, how easy it is to make, and how versatile it can be. Trust me when I say that these cookies will quickly become one of your go-to dessert recipes in no time.

Ingredient List

 Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies are sure to impress!
Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies are sure to impress!

Let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need to create these delicious Dulce de Leche Bat Cookies.

Dry Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups.
  • Cocoa powder: 1/4 cup.
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp.
  • Coarse salt: 1/4 tsp.

Wet Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature: 1 cup.
  • Granulated sugar: 3/4 cup.
  • Light brown sugar: 1/2 cup.
  • Egg: 1 large.
  • Pure vanilla extract: 2 tsp.
  • Dulce de Leche Bat: 1 jar.

These ingredients are all easily found in any grocery store or online. The combination of cocoa powder and dulce de leche will give these cookies a unique and delicious flavor. Now that we have all the ingredients, let’s get baking!

The Recipe How-To

 Halloween isn't complete without some spooky sweets – sink your teeth into these bat cookies!
Halloween isn’t complete without some spooky sweets – sink your teeth into these bat cookies!

Now, it’s time to dive into the recipe so that you can whip up some Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies on your own.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1 cup unsalted butter on medium speed until it is creamy and light in color.

  3. Add in 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup light brown sugar and beat for about 2 minutes until it becomes pale and fluffy.

  4. Now, add in the eggs, one at a time while continuing to beat the mixture.

  5. Stir in the vanilla extract followed by the dulce de leche. Mix until everything is fully incorporated.

  6. In another bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon baking powder until they are well combined.

  7. Gradually add the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture while stirring slowly.

  8. Once everything is mixed nicely, use a cookie cutter to cut out bat shapes from the dough. Repeat this process until you have used up all of your dough.

  9. Place your bat-shaped cookies onto your prepared baking sheet and bake in your preheated oven for 10–12 minutes or until they become golden brown around the edges.

  10. Once baked, remove your cookies from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool down.

Your tasty Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies are now ready to serve! Store them in an airtight container and enjoy them as a snack or for Halloween party treats.

Substitutions and Variations

 These cookies are so good, even Count Dracula would approve.
These cookies are so good, even Count Dracula would approve.

Making substitutions and variations in a recipe can help you to personalize the dish and tailor it to your individual tastes. Here are some ideas for how you can customize this recipe for dulce de leche bat cookies:

– Flour: You can substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour or whole wheat flour by using a 1:1 ratio. However, keep in mind that this may alter the texture and flavor.

– Sugar: You can use brown sugar or raw sugar instead of granulated sugar for added richness and depth of flavor. Additionally, you can reduce the amount of sugar used if you prefer a less sweet cookie.

– Butter: For a dairy-free option, substitute unsalted butter with coconut oil or vegan butter. These alternatives with result in a slightly different texture and taste but will still give good results.

– Cocoa Powder: If you don’t have cocoa powder on hand, swap it out with melted chocolate chips of the same quantity to get similar effects.

– Dulce de leche: This recipe calls for Argentinian dulce de leche, but if that’s not available, then you can make your own homemade version or purchase different store-bought types from many Latin American countries such as Colombia or Mexico.

– Cookie shape: The recipe calls for bat-shaped cookie cutters but if that is not your desired shape, then any cookie cutter of your choice can be swapped in. For example, Halloween-themed cookies such as skeletons, spiderwebs or pumpkins could be perfect.

Hope these substitution ideas inspire you to create and testout variations that you love!

Serving and Pairing

 Get into the Halloween spirit with these cute and creepy bat-shaped cookies.
Get into the Halloween spirit with these cute and creepy bat-shaped cookies.

The Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies are perfect for serving as a flamboyant dessert after a meal or a delightful snack anytime you crave something sweet. These cookies are fantastic on their own or paired with a cold glass of milk, tea, or coffee. The intensity of the dulce de leche flavor in these bat-shaped treats works harmoniously with the richness of the milk and cream in these beverages.

If you want to add an extra touch of indulgence and elegance to your cookie platter, pair these bat cookies with a lovely unctuous Argentine Alfajores or delicious Tres Leches, sandwich cookies, or thumbprint cookies that also feature dulce de leche as a primary filling ingredient. In addition, these chocolate cookies work well in combination with Milano cookies or churros for an interesting texture and unique flavor contrast.

These bat-shaped cookies are customized for Halloween-themed celebrations, perfect for entertaining family members or guests at parties but also suitable for any occasion where you want to impress your guests with your baking skills while enjoying the delicious flavor of dulce de leche. You can serve them on a festive plate or tray of assorted Halloween desserts. Whether it is a spooky flying bat cookie pops display as part of your dessert table setup or Halloween-themed treats as party favors/gifts, these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies will make any occasion exciting and unforgettable.

So go ahead and whip up a delicious batch of these decadent cookies! They will keep well for up to two weeks if stored correctly, and they make a fantastic gift during the spooky holiday season. Whether serving them at parties or giving them as gifts, they are sure to please anyone who loves the taste of dulce de leche!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will go batty over the rich, buttery flavor of these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies.
Your taste buds will go batty over the rich, buttery flavor of these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies.

As a chef, I understand the importance of having options when it comes to timing in the kitchen. Luckily, these Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies can be made ahead and stored for later enjoyment. Once cooled completely, you can store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

If you need to make them further in advance or want to have some on hand for later use, they can also be frozen for up to two months. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then place them into an airtight container or resealable bag.

When it comes time to enjoy them again, simply let them defrost at room temperature until they are ready to be consumed. You can also briefly warm them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving for that fresh-baked taste.

These cookies are perfect for Halloween parties or any occasion where you want a delicious treat ready at your fingertips. With their creamy dulce de leche filling and chocolatey bat-shaped exterior, they are sure to impress anyone with their unique flavor and spooky design. So go ahead and prepare ahead of time so you can sit back and enjoy them when the skeletons have gone mad!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A little bit spooky, a little bit sweet – these cookies are perfect for any Halloween party.
A little bit spooky, a little bit sweet – these cookies are perfect for any Halloween party.

To ensure perfect results with your Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies, I have learned a few tips and tricks over the years that I would like to share with you.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when making this recipe is to use room temperature ingredients. It’s essential to take out the unsalted butter and egg from the fridge at least an hour before you plan on starting to bake. Cold ingredients will not mix well and may cause the batter not to come together properly.

When it comes to mixing, one key tip is to cream the butter and sugars for at least three minutes on medium speed, until it looks pale and fluffy. This technique helps add air and volume to the batter, contributing to a lighter texture for your cookies.

Another suggestion I have is to alternate between adding the dry ingredients and dulce de leche into your mixer slowly. The goal here is to get a consistent mixture without overmixing, which could lead to tough cookies. If you don’t have a mixer or prefer doing it by hand, use a wooden spoon and mix gently until it comes together.

It’s also essential not to overbake your Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies; otherwise, they will turn out dry and brittle. Set the timer for 10-12 minutes and check regularly. The edges should be slightly golden brown, while the centers will still look soft to touch.

Finally, allow your dulce de leche bat cookies to cool down completely before decorating them with bat-shaped chocolate chips or icing. This will give them time to firm up and prevent any melting.

Following these tips will help you achieve perfect results with your Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves the taste of sweet, indulgent treats. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is easy to follow and produces delicious results every time. The combination of the buttery cookie base and rich dulce de leche filling makes for a truly irresistible treat that’s perfect for Halloween or any other occasion.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to sink your teeth into these delectable cookies. With a little bit of effort, you can make a batch of these bat-shaped treats that are sure to impress and delight. Trust me, your friends and family will be asking for the recipe as soon as they try one!

And remember, baking is not just about creating delicious food – it’s also about enjoying the process and sharing your creations with those around you. So have fun in the kitchen, experiment with different flavor combinations and variations, and don’t forget to savor every bite of these scrumptious Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies.

Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies

Dulce De Leche Bat Cookies Recipe

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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 94.3 kcal


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more
  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche


  • Whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg, yolk, chocolate, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 36 rounds with a 2-inch cutter, and space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Using an aspic cutter set, cut a triangle, point side up, in the center of half the cookies, and then use the half-moon cutter to make one "wing" on each side of the triangle. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375. Bake until set, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool. Top each uncut cookie with 1 teaspoon dulce de leche and a cutout cookie.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 31gCalories: 94.3kcalCarbohydrates: 12.3gProtein: 2.1gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 26.8mgSodium: 109.5mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 5.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.