Delicious Dulce De Leche Cookies: A Must-Try Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where I indulge in my passion for baking and cooking. Today, I am excited to share with you my recipe for Dulce De Leche Cookies. These cookies are crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside with a buttery, caramel flavor that will leave you wanting more.

Dulce De Leche is a caramel-like sauce that is used in many Latin American desserts. It is made by slowly heating condensed milk until it thickens into a rich and gooey substance. In this recipe, we will use Dulce De Leche as the filling for our cookies to give them a delectable sweetness.

These cookies are perfect for any occasion, whether you are looking for a quick snack, an after-dinner dessert, or a great treat to take to parties. They are easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.

With each bite of these delicious Dulce De Leche Cookies, you’ll feel like you’re indulging in something special. So grab your apron and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies
Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies

Dearest food enthusiast, allow me to share why you’ll fall head over heels for this Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies Recipe. First and foremost, let me assure you that these cookies are like no other. They are incredibly indulgent, offering a melt-in-your-mouth heaven with every bite!

Now picture this, scrumptious sandwich cookies bursting with creamy dulce de leche caramel oozing between two buttery shortbread cookies. As you savor each bite of these delightful concoctions, the flavors of the caramel infused into the cookie’s buttery goodness make your taste buds leap with joy.

These cookies blend the perfect balance of flavors and texture; their soft, crumble consistency blending with the sweetness of the dulce de leche caramel will surely leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. Trust me when I say this: you won’t be able to resist them!

So if you’re looking for something to satiate your sweet cravings or win over your loved ones’ hearts, these Dulce De Leche Cookies are simply unbeatable!

Ingredient List

 A warm batch of Dulce De Leche cookies fresh out of the oven!
A warm batch of Dulce De Leche cookies fresh out of the oven!

Let’s gather our ingredients for these Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies!

To create this delectable treat, here is the list of cookies ingredients you will need:

  • Flour: 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Butter: 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Light brown sugar: 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Sugar: 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Egg: 1 large egg
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Instant butterscotch pudding mix: 1 (3.4oz) box instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • Dulce de leche caramel: 1 cup dulce de leche caramel

Optional additional ingredients to create different variations of these delicious cookies include chocolate chips, cinnamon, and cream cheese. Make sure to follow the recipe closely to ensure optimal results!

The Recipe How-To

 These cookies are the perfect afternoon snack.
These cookies are the perfect afternoon snack.

Now it’s time for the recipe we’ve all been waiting for- Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies Recipe. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you reaching for more. Let’s get started!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add in both the sugars and vanilla extract, then mix until light and fluffy.
  5. Crack in the egg and mix again until well combined.
  6. Turn the speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients until well incorporated.
  7. Create small balls using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon.
  8. Once set on a lined tray, press lightly with a spoon to flatten slightly, then add a teaspoon of dulce de leche in the center.
  9. Place another cookie on top and seal around the edges to make a sandwich cookie.
  10. Repeat until all dough is used up.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges.

Congratulations! You have successfully made an irresistible batch of Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies that are sure to impress your family and friends! Pair them up with your favorite drink for an exquisite culinary experience.

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't be afraid to indulge in these rich and buttery treats.
Don’t be afraid to indulge in these rich and buttery treats.

My dear reader, I understand that sometimes we wish to modify a recipe to better suit our taste buds, dietary needs or simply to switch things up. Fear not because for these Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies, there are a few substitutions and variations that you may consider.

Firstly, if you have an aversion to using instant butterscotch pudding mix, don’t worry. You can substitute it with an equal amount of cornstarch instead. This substitution will thicken the batter and produce a soft, delicate crumb.

Secondly, for those on a low-sugar diet or watching their sugar intake, you can swap out the granulated sugar with coconut sugar or honey. The cookies will still turn out delicious with a subtle caramel flavor, lower glycemic index and additional nutrients.

Thirdly, for those who cannot find dulce de leche at your local grocery store, you can easily make your own by caramelizing sweetened condensed milk. To do this, pour the sweetened condensed milk into a baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Place the baking dish into another larger baking dish filled with enough hot water to go halfway up the sides of the smaller dish, and bake at 425 °F for approximately two hours or until it becomes a rich, thick caramel consistency.

Finally, if you want to switch things up and add some variety to your cookie tin, there are endless variations to this classic recipe. From adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder to make chocolate Dulce de Leche sandwich cookies to rolling the dough into balls and pressing thumbprints into them before baking for thumbprint cookies filled with Dulce de Leche sea salt caramel sauce – the possibilities are endless!

In conclusion, experimenting with different ingredients to create something new is an exciting part of cooking! However you choose to vary this recipe or create new ones entirely, always remember to trust your instincts and have fun in the kitchen.

Serving and Pairing

 These cookies are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and decadent.
These cookies are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and decadent.

When it comes to serving and pairing dulce de leche cookies, there are a few things you should keep in mind to maximize their deliciousness. These cookies are incredibly versatile and can be served along a myriad of different drinks.

Firstly, these cookies are decadent on their own and make the perfect afternoon snack or dessert. They are great for sharing with friends and family, as they complement any type of gathering – from casual parties to formal events.

You might decide to pair dulce de leche cookies with a cold glass of milk that perfectly balances out the sweetness of the cookies. Additionally, you can also pair them with a warm cup of coffee or cocoa for a sinfully delightful treat.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, try pairing your dulce de leche cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy consistency of the ice cream beautifully complements the crispy texture of the cookie.

If you’re entertaining guests, arranging dulce de leche cookies into small towers or stacks creates an elegant presentation. Alternatively, simply laying them flat on a platter and serving alongside cups of hot cocoa is an easy way to impress your guests without too much fuss.

Lastly, consider using these cookies for sandwiching other sweet flavors like cream cheese whipped cream filling or nutella spread between two tender and distinct halves of dulce de leche caramel goodness. But bear in mind that they are delicious on their own so just have fun with experimenting!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of caramel and vanilla will waft through your home with this recipe.
The aroma of caramel and vanilla will waft through your home with this recipe.

My oh my, delicious dulce de leche cookies! You will certainly want to savor every last crumb of these delightful treats. Luckily, you can easily make them ahead of time and store them properly to enjoy later.

These cookies are perfect for making ahead and storing in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. Don’t forget to place a slice of white bread with the cookies in the container to maintain their soft and chewy texture.

If you want to freeze your dulce de leche cookies, place them in a freezer-safe container with waxed paper between each layer. They will freeze well for up to two months.

To reheat the cookies, simply remove them from the freezer or refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature until they are thawed. If you can’t wait that long, you can also warm them up in the oven at 350°F for about five minutes.

One helpful tip when reheating is to sprinkle extra powdered sugar on top of the cookies before going into the oven. This will give your dulce de leche caramel sandwich cookies a fresh-from-the-oven look and feel!

So go ahead, whip up a big batch of these sweet treats, store them properly, and enjoy them anytime you want – it’s like having a scrumptious dessert ready whenever your sweet tooth beckons!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These cookies are a great addition to any cookie exchange or potluck.
These cookies are a great addition to any cookie exchange or potluck.

Ever heard the saying, “It’s all in the details”? Well, that couldn’t be more true when making these Dulce De Leche Cookies. Here are some tips to ensure that your cookie game is on point.

First and foremost, make sure that your butter is at room temperature before starting. This will help it cream properly with the sugar and brown sugar, giving your cookies the right texture.

When it comes to measuring your flour, make sure to spoon it into your measuring cup instead of scooping it. This will prevent you from packing too much flour into the cup, resulting in dry and dense cookies.

Another tip is to use parchment paper or silicone baking mats to line your baking sheet. This will prevent the cookies from sticking to the pan and allow for easy clean-up.

If you prefer a crumbly texture, try reducing the amount of flour by 1/2 cup and substituting it with cornstarch. This will give your cookies a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

For those who want a little extra sweetness, try adding some chocolate chips to the batter or sprinkling sea salt on top before baking. Trust me, this will take your cookie game to another level.

Lastly, don’t try to rush the baking process. Take your time and let them bake until the edges are golden brown. This will ensure that they are fully cooked and have a delicious crispy texture.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to have perfect Dulce De Leche Cookies every time. Happy baking!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Dulce De Leche Cookies are sure to be a hit amongst your family and friends. With the perfect balance of sweetness and a touch of caramel flavor, these cookies will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. Don’t limit yourself to only making them for a special occasion, enjoy them on any day of the week with a warm cup of coffee or tea.

Remember to follow the recipe and use high-quality ingredients to achieve perfect results. Experiment with different variations by adding chocolate chips or making sandwich cookies. You can even try making shortbread, thumbprint cookies, or cookie bars using this same base recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Lastly, thank you for choosing me as your guide through this culinary adventure. As Maya Angelou once said, “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” I hope this recipe reaches your heart and stirs up memories that will last a lifetime. Happy baking!

Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies

Dulce De Leche (Caramel) Cookies Recipe

A rich, caramel flavored cookie that is topped with chopped up pieces of caramel. This is a very soft and chewy cookie. Prep time includes chilling time.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 143.4 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons hershey's dulce de leche syrup (or any liquid caramel syrup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 14 ounces caramels, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In small bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  • In separate bowl, cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar, pudding mix and syrup until smooth.
  • Beat in eggs until smooth.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture and mix just until fully incorporated.
  • Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
  • Bake 7-8 minutes (cookie will be soft and just barely done).
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then remove to wire cooling rack.
  • Immediately top each cookie with chopped caramels by slightly pushing caramel pieces into the top of each cookie.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 34gCalories: 143.4kcalCarbohydrates: 20.6gProtein: 1.7gFat: 6.3gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 24.7mgSodium: 112.7mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 13.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Christmas, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Drop Cookies, Easy, For Large Groups, Mexican, Sweet
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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.