Tuesdays with Dorie: Dulce de Leche Duos

3/23/10



Once more, with feeling.

The recipe for these cookies is the only one from the book that I have been slightly disappointed with. But I don't think it's the recipe's fault. The last few desserts that I made with the sweet, caramel-like flavoured dulce de leche were over the top with richness and hedonistic decadence. In comparison, these cookies were passive and tame.



If you have never had anything made with dulce de leche, I think you will find these cookies extremely addictive and rich. Because they really are. I've just been spoiled by brownies and millionaire's shortbread which bombard your taste buds with their lush chocolate flavour and crumbly buttery crusts. I almost wish I had made this recipe first just so I could appreciate it more.



Besides being used as the filling inside the cookies, the dulce de leche is also inside the cookie dough itself. I think it could have used more because the cookies, although very pleasant, tasted a little bit plain. They just didn't have much panache. If I were to make these again, I would like to add a lot more dulce de leche and maybe some cocoa powder. The filling and chocolate drizzle helped to draw them out of their shyness but it still felt as though something was missing. Their hearts just weren't into it.

Thank you to Jodie of Beansy Loves Cakes for hosting this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie. I think a lot of the bakers have had their eye(s) on this recipe for a long time so it was great to finally be able to make them! Jodie's blog is nothing short of spectacular. She can really knows how to work the fondant. My fondant 'art' still looks like a loafer that mated with an old crackled boot and then threw itself under a zamboni. If you can tear yourself away from looking through all her pictures, you will find the recipe for these cookies here.



If you can't find any dulce de leche at the grocery store, you can make it yourself at home with a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. There are a few ways you can do this and each person seems to have his or her own preferred method. I'll give you mine. :)

1) Prepare a double-boiler. Fill a heavy bottomed saucepan (one made of iron) with about an inch of water.

2) Find a Heat-proof (pyrex) bowl that will fit securely on top of the saucepan. Be sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water in the saucepan and that there isn't a lot of space around the edges where steam will escape.

3) Place the saucepan (without the bowl on top) onto the stove and bring the water to a simmer.

4) Empty a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk into the bowl that will be placed over the saucepan.

5) Once the water in the saucepan is simmering, turn the heat down as low as possible. Place the bowl of sweet milk securely on top of the saucepan. Cover with foil (it doesn't have to be too tightly covered.)

6) Cook the sweet milk for 2-3 hours, depending on how dark you want the dulce de leche. The darker it is, the stronger the caramel flavour will be.

7) Stir the milk occasionally while it is cooking. Don't be alarmed when it becomes thinner, it will thicken up in about an hour. Once you have it cooked to your liking, carefully remove the bowl from the saucepan and stir the milk until it's smooth. Allow it to cool before adding it to the cookie dough.

30 comments:

Leslie said...

These look yummy! I love how you drizzled them with chocolate.

pegasuslegend said...

looks like a fabulous recipe and you did a great job~

Nickki said...

Your cookies look delicious drizzled with the chocolate! Sorry you weren't bowled over by this recipe. I enjoyed the cookies the day I baked them, but the day after they weren't so good. They were a little too cakey and soft for my liking :-)

Lauryn said...

your cookies look amazing, espec with the chocolate drizzle on top!! Sorry they weren't your fave. I loved them!

Bob said...

Hm, well, they sure look good.

myfamousrecipe said...

They may not have panache when it comes to taste, but yours sure have it in appearance. They look fabulous!

Mary said...

They look lovely drizzled with chocolate:) Mine looked like rocks and didn't spread at all, meaning I didn't love them either. Oh well, coconut cake next week...

mike said...

I missed out on the chocolate/caramel combo - what a great way to present these! Love the drizzles - even though they weren't your favorites!

Jodie said...

Sorry you didn't love them, but they look great! Thanks for baking with me!

Pam said...

They look fantastic! I've never baked with the dulce de leche but will have to try it. I've seen it in the store many times and now is the time to do it after seeing this. Yum!

Stella said...

Awe, too bad they were not exactly what you wanted. I hate it when something seems less that worth all the sugar and fat. They are beautiful, little cookies...

CB said...

Oooh love the chocolate drizzle. Bummer you weren't a fan but there's always the coconut tea cake next week for redemption.
-CB
http://iheartfood4thought.com

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful cookies! I love how your drizzled them with chocolate.

natalia said...

Valerina your photos are so beautiful !!

Tia said...

you're right about describin them as "tame". nice word and great presentation with the chocolate drizzle!

chocolatechic said...

I love the chocolate drizzle on the tops of them.

Teanna said...

I'm sorry you weren't a fan, but your cookies look absolutely delicious!

Amber Marie said...

The chocolate looks nice on these! Sorry they didn't have the wow factor for you. The tameness of these actually made me like them more. I guess I've overloaded on decadent sweet lately.

Susan said...

Your cookies are beautiful! I have never tried dulce de leche and am going to try and work these in tomorrow. :)

LittleMissBaker said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog.

Marthe said...

Your cookies look so pretty. I liked these, but wasn't wowed by them. They were too sweet with me with the dulce de leche filling.

Amanda said...

What gorgeous pictures, they look fabulous! I had to do a rewind this week, didn't have the ingredients. Still want to make them though!

Olive said...

the cookies look so irresistible, I love dulce de leche..a LOT! :)

Barbara said...

Well Valerie, after looking at the photo at the top of your blog page, anything would look passive and tame!
I've used dulce de leche (which I adore) in a brioche, which I still haven't posted and in a couple desserts.
Perhaps it just doesn't translate well in a cookie?

Valerie said...

Barbara, I think brioche would be the perfect mate for dulce de leche. You are right about the cookies. The sweetness in the dough and leche canceled eachother out, like adding salt to a pizza. (which I have only done once, During my stint as a vegan)

Katrina said...

Holy cow, I'm definitely more sold on the brownie in your header! These weren't my favorite either, so I really played around with them.
But your photos are awesome as usual.

Pamela said...

Delicious looking photos! The chocolate on top was a great idea that I used, too.

Valerie said...

Thanks Katrina, it keeps changing because whatever I have up there makes me hungry.

Great minds Pamela. :)

Koko said...

Oh jeez, do these ever look good!

Pierre said...

Great pictures, you are an artist! I'm not sure I'll be able to get any work done today :)

 

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