Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie: Dulce de Leche Duos with Homemade Dulce de Leche

Jodi of Beansy Loves Cake decided on Dulce de Leche Duos for her pick of TWD this week. She will have the recipe for these cookies on her blog, and be sure to check out her cute cakes too!

I don't think I have ever tasted Dulce de Leche before? Maybe it was swirled in some ice cream, but tasting it by itself, no. Carmel (or caramel), yes. This week I have. To me, the two taste very different. Dulce de Leche (DDL) is much richer, milkier. I will admit I prefer carmel. *ducks out of the way of rotten tomatoes*

Anyways for these cookies, you add some homemade or store bought DDL into the cookie dough, then you sandwich them together with more DDL. It makes these cookies very sweet, kinda sticky to the touch, a little crispy out of the oven and durable. I used 1 can of sweetened condensed milk to make my DDL, and found that I only had enough DDL left to sandwich about 9 cookies! SO if you'd like to make this, with homemade DDL, use 2 cans and you'll have leftover DDL for ice cream! So I thought these cookies were very sweet and rich but too much for me.

There are a few methods to make Homemade Dulce de Leche. You could boil it, crock pot it, stove top it, or bake it, see here for methods we discussed. After 2 failed attempts in the crock pot (mine overcooked it, my low must be a med-high), I decided to try one more time in the oven.

It came out great, maybe a little light in color, but it was not overdone! Yay!
(Eagle Brand website)

HEAT oven to 425°F. Pour sweetened condensed milk into 9-inch pie plate. Cover with foil. Place pie plate in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with about 1/2-inch hot water to surround pie plate. (I used my large roasting pan)

BAKE 1 hour or until thick (mine took 1 hr 25 ish mins) and caramel-colored. Carefully remove from oven; remove pie plate from shallow pan. Whisk caramel until smooth. Cool 20 minutes before serving. Store any leftover caramel in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature or heat until warm to serve.


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13 Lovely Comments:

Mary said...

Durable! What a great way to describe these cookies! Mine certainly would have lasted forever if I hadn't given them all away! Great perseverance on the dulce de leche--I think try #2 looks perfect. I was lazy and used it from a jar.

mike said...

Rachelle - these look GREAT! So glad you found the method of DDL -making that worked for you. David's method was my second best - the crock was just so much easier. Nicely done!

CB said...

Call me nuts but I love reading the flubs as well as the successes. Bummer the crockpot didn't work for you but glad the oven method did!

Grammy Blick said...

Years ago we used to boil the can of sweetened condensed milk. Talk about rich!!! A little goes a long way.

Susan said...

Great looking cookies! I would have thought the crock pot method was foolproof, but I may have to try the oven method instead.

Tracey said...

Your cookies look terrific! I had success with the crockpot method, but I want to try the oven method too eventually. The dulce was too sweet for me, but I loved the cookies themselves.

Leslie said...

Your cookies look a thousand times better than mine, which look like they stayed out in the sun too long!

Amanda said...

Those turned out fabulous! I had to do a rewind this week, didn't have the ingredients. Still want to make them though!

Di said...

I'm glad that you finally got it to work! =) I'm with you--the dulce de leche was good, but I prefer regular caramel. I found that adding salt did make the DDL a lot more appealing, though. Your cookies look great!

Marthe said...

It was the first time I tried Dulche de Leche too, another thing I can check of on my list :)

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