Dulce de Leche Chocolate-Chip Thumbprints

Butter cookies spiked with chocolate bits get a filling of dulce de leche, making a melt-in-your-mouth delicious treat.

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Dulce de Leche Chocolate-Chip Thumbprints

Yield: about 40 cookies Prep 35 mins Start to Finish 3 hrs 40 mins  (plus standing)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon  honey
  • 2 ounces  semisweet chocolate squares, chopped (not chunky)
  • 1/4 cup  dulche de leche (caramel spread)

Directions

1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

2. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extract and honey; beat until combined well.

3. Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Fold in chocolate. Chill dough until firm, about 2-1/2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degree F and arrange rack in center. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared sheets about 1 inch apart. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make a dent in center of each cookie. Freeze 15 minutes.

6. Bake 1 sheet of cookies 10 minutes. Remove from oven and redent centers. Fill with generous 1/4 teaspoon dulce de leche and bake until set, about 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining sheet.

7. Transfer cookies on sheets to racks and cool 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. (Can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container, in single layers separated by waxed paper, up to 1 week.) Makes about 40 cookies.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)65,
  • Fat, total(g)3,
  • chol.(mg)17,
  • sat. fat(g)2,
  • carb.(g)9,
  • pro.(g)1,
  • sodium(mg)58,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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