I told you it would be sticky.
I made these for a coworker’s birthday (oh how quickly I have fallen yet again into the baking trap!) and they were very well-received.
If you already have dulce de leche on hand, good on you (I’m especially amazed that you didn’t use it all up pouring it into your mouth because that’s kind of what I do). If you don’t, I’ll show you a super easy and pretty much fool-proof way to make it. Grab a can or two of condensed milk. For this recipe you will barely use half a can but if you want some more on hand for other things, you might as well make it all at once because it takes for ever.
Peel off the paper. You’re going to be boiling these so you don’t want that paper in there getting all gummy.
Grab a large pot and fill it with water. Plop the can(s) in on their sides (so they can roll around and cook evenly). Ensure that they are covered completely with at least an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and then let it simmer for 3 hours. You will likely need to top up the water occasionally so it’s always covering the cans. If the cans become expose then the whole convection element of the water stops working and the cans could explode. You don’t want that.
After three hours, carefully remove the cans from the boiling water and set them upright on a rack to cool completely. Do not under any circumstances attempt to open a can while it is hot. You will be covered in horrible caramel burns as a result and that is a good way to ruin a nice day.
Once it’s cool, you can make some amazing cookies, which I actually found on the Land o’ Lakes site. Those people know things about butter, which makes them my kind of people.
Start by stirring up a bowl with 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom. Set that aside. Your cookies are going to wear that later.
Now, in the bowl of a mixer, beat up 1/2 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup packed brown sugar.
Tip in 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla and keep beating until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
While mixing the egg/butter/sugar madness, slowly add in the flour and stir until fully combined.
Separate about 1/4 of the cookie dough from the bowl. Chill both blobs of dough for about 30 minutes.
When you’re ready, preheat your oven to 375°F and line some baking sheets with parchment paper. Grab from the larger blob and make 24 balls of dough. Set the balls onto the baking sheet at least 2 inches apart, because they do spread.
Dip the handle of a wooden spoon into flour and drive it into the center of each ball so that there’s a good-sized divot in each.
Pile about 1/4 cup dulce de leche into a small resealable plastic bag and snip off a bit of one of the bottom corners.
Pipe the caramel into each divot until the caramel comes level with the top of the hole.
Now grab your smaller blob of dough and divide it into 24 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a patty and use it to seal over the top of the caramel hole.
Smooth down the edges to get a good seal.
Bake, rotating halfway through, for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned.
Let the cookies stand on the sheet for 1 minute, then dip them in the sugar until thoroughly covered and leave them to cool completely on a wire rack.
I don’t know how well these store because they didn’t last that long …