HOMEMADE DULCE DE LECHE & COCONUT COOKIES

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Happy Saturday guys! Today I wanted to post this recipe, because as some of you know, I love cooking on the weekends. These little cookies are perfect for Fall, and honestly gave me MAJOR Thanksgiving dinner vibes... SO I felt like it was the perfect time to share them.

They take a little time to make, only because making dulce de leche takes about 3 hours... But it's 3 hours of simmering in a big pot. So it requires almost nothing on your part, except making sure that the water level doesn't go down too much. And they're honestly SO GOOD, I'd make them even if they took 6 hours.

Just be careful though, because they disappear at an alarming speed. So if you're on a restrictive diet, maybe skip these, ha! But if you're still on board, here's how to make them:

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Homemade Dulce De Leche

First, you'll need to make dulce de leche. All you need to make homemade dulce de leche is a can (or many) of sweetened condensed milk, water and a big pot. Note that a can that requires an opener, as opposed to one with an easy-open lid, is way better. Cans with the easy-open lid have a chance of blowing up if you heat them. Which is obviously no bueno!

First, fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. Remove the label from your can(s) and put them in the water (on the side). When the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium heat and let it simmer for 3 hours. MAKE SURE that the water level never goes below the can. It should always be covered by at least an inch of water.

After 3 hours, remove the can CAREFULLY and wait until it's completely cooled down to open it. I like to put it in the fridge, on an oven mitt for about an hour.

That's it guys. Making homemade dulce de leche is that simple. And it's sooo delicious. You can mix it with nuts, have it straight out of the can, put it on ice cream, toast, cakes... Virtually anything sweet will be made better with dulce de leche.

Or, you can obviously make these delicious cookies like I did.

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Cookie Base

I wanted a simple cookie to use as a base. Something that wouldn't take away from the dulce de leche's flavour. So obviously, a shortbread cookie is what I went for. Here's what you need to make this easy shortbread cookie:

  • 2.5 cups of flour

  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature

  • 2/3 cups of sugar

  • 1 tsp of baking powder

  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

In a bowl, whip together the butter, sugar and vanilla, until they're all creamy and fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder. Add them to the butter mixture while mixing slowly. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, it should form a neat ball.

With a rolling pin, flatten the dough until it's about 1cm thick. Then, using a shot glass, cut some small circles out to form the cookies. I love using a shot glass for these, because I feel like it's the perfect size for a small, two-bite cookie. Since the dulce de leche topping is quite sweet, I feel like that's the perfect size.

Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake them at 325° for 10 minutes. While the cookies are cooling down, you can prepare the topping:

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Homemade Dulce de Leche & Coconut Topping

Making the topping that goes on top of the cookie is also super simple. Simply mix half the dulce de leche with approximately one cup of shredded, sweetened coconut and mix thoroughly, until it's evenly mixed. Top each cookie with a bit of the mix, and finish off with a white chocolate chip.

These cookies aren't necessarily the prettiest or the most Instagrammable cookies... But they're SO delicious, you'll want to make them again and again and again. And the best part is, aside from the time required for the dulce de leche to caramelize, they're pretty quick to make. And they're totally foolproof. A shortbread cookie is one of the easiest cookies to make, and mixing coconut with dulce de leche isn't exactly complicated either, ha! But no one will be able to tell, and everyone will think you're a master baker, even if you're not.

I hope you guys enjoy these cookies as much as I did. Definitely let me know if you make them, I wanna know what you thought.

If you have a traditional Thanksgiving cookie, I would also love to know what it is, as I always love trying new things.

Have a great weekend guys!

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