The flavor of salted dulce de leche tops these buttery melt in your mouth shortbread cookies. These Salted Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies make great holiday gifts or a simple family treat.
Salted Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies
This recipe is adapted from my Lemon Thumbprint Cookies. Everyone loved the texture of those cookies so much, so I decided to make another winning flavor.
The shortbread cookie recipe is simple but requires chilling. Make sure to allow yourself a least an hour chill time.
The dough can be made ahead and chilled overnight if that’s more convenient. You can read more helpful tips in the post for the lemon cookies stated above.
Dulce de Leche is a caramel-like spread made from slowly cooking sweetened milk until it thickens and becomes dark in color. It’s also known as milk candy. I love using it in tres leches cake.
For today’s cookies, I used a store-bought container of prepared dulce de leche. If you prefer to make your own, here is a great tutorial to follow.
Dulce de Leche is very sweet and just like caramel, the flavor pairs well with salt. It almost helps to offset the extreme sweetness.
I used only a light sprinkling of sea salt and it was just enough to give a nice balance between sweet and salty.
The cookies need to bake for only 10 to 12 minutes. The bottom edges should become lightly browned.
Be careful not to overbake them. The texture should be firm enough to offer a light crumb but soft enough to melt in your mouth.
Once the cookies have cooled, sprinkle the tops with sea salt and enjoy!