Salted Dulce de leche Thumbprint Cookies (NEW)

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to my neighbors for not sharing this recipe. I usually send the kids out with samples… or bring you some myself. I promised I’d be better at it for the next while. But this cookie.. it stayed right here in my kitchen. I placed them in the cookie jar, and we nibbled on them for 3 days. By the 3rd day, the cookies were even better than the 1st!

 Salted Dulce de leche Thumbprint Cookies (NEW)

2 sticks or 1 cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 flour
Dulce de leche (found in most supermarkets in the baking or ethnic area)
Coarse salt

Beat together butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and flour. Mix until dough comes together to form a ball in the middle of the bowl. Do not over mix this dough. Chill dough, covered for 30 minutes in the fridge.

Remove dough, and shape into small 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet and gently press in the middle of each ball with your thumb. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees, until cookies are soft, but lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, place the Dulce de leche filling in a ziplock bag, sealing the end. Place in a bowl of hot water. This will allow the filling to warm through.

When your cookies are warm, but not too hot to handle, snip off the end of the filling bag, and fill the cookies, about 1 tbsp. per cookie. You will have enough filling for your batch. Then sprinkle the coarse salt over the filling, before it sets.

Happy Baking!