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a plate of dulce de leche cookies

6 Ingredient Dulce de Leche Cookies

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These dulce de leche cookies are made with 6 simple ingredients and have a deliciously light sugar cookie base and a creamy rich caramel topping. We’re using a technique similar to that used to make thumbprint cookies, in the shape of a heart for an adorably tasty dessert. 


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • Optional: salt flakes for finishing


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar. In a large mixing bowl combine the softened butter and sugar. Beat with a stand mixer, electric mixer or by hand until it appears to lighten in color and texture. a hand mixer over a bowl with butter and sugar
  2. Add eggs & vanilla. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until evenly combined.eggs, butter and sugar in a bowl
  3. Add the flour. Begin by adding the flour ½ cup at a time, folding the dough together until it’s all combined before adding more. Continue to knead with your hands for at least 5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky or crumbly and holds together well. a bowl of creamed butter and sugar with flour
  4. Chill. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 350 when the hour is almost up. cookie dough in a bowl
  5. Form the cookies. Using a cookie scooper, form cookie dough balls and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press the cookie dough balls with your palm or the base of a flat glass to flatten. With your index finger or the back of a tiny spoon, press into the center of the cookies twice to form a heart. Carefully transfer the dulce de leche into a piping bag and pipe into the indentations in the cookies. a hand pushing a tiny spoon into a cookie
  6. Bake. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown around the edges. Optional: sprinkle with flake salt. Enjoy!a plate of dulce de leche cookies