Dark Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

This easy Dark Cocoa and Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookie recipe includes intensely dark chocolate, creamy dulce de leche and a sprinkle of sea salt for the perfect sweet and salty treat. Cookies are amazing on their own, but top them with something glorious like dulce de leche and you’ve reeled me in! These cookies are absolutely delicious and the dulce de leche is so morish you’ll have to stop yourself eating it by the spoonful.

Notes:

*This recipe makes bout 10-11 small cookies.
*For an extra dark chocolate flavour, I like using 80% cocoa dark chocolate along with dutch-processed cocoa powder. You can use regular cocoa powder, but the melted chocolate must contain at least 65% cocoa, otherwise the cookies will spread too much.
*The dough must be chilled in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before shaping the cookies. And then chilled in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. This helps the cookies hold their shape.
*Sometimes while baking, the cookies puff up and lose the indent in the middle. If this happens, use a 1/3 teaspoon and press into the baked cookies while still warm and soft.
*I used dulce de leche to fill these cookies, which was made by boiling a condensed milk can for 4 hours. You can fill these with any filling of your choice, salted caramel, nutella or peanut butter.

Ingredients:

  • 62 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small egg yolk
  • 50 g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 75 g flour
  • 12 g dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 75 g dulce de leche

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the softened butter and sugar. Using an electric mixer, whip until smooth and creamy (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Add in the vanilla, egg yolk and melted chocolate and mix to combine.
  • Finally sift in the flour, cocoa and salt. Mix until you have a sticky dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Take the bowl out of the fridge, make tablespoon sized balls of the dough and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a finger or a 1/3 teaspoon to make indents in the middle of each ball.
  • Place the entire cookie sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes. Bake straight from the freezer for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies have spread slightly and are dry but not firm to touch. Let cookies cool completely on the tray, they will firm up as they cool.
  • Dollop about a teaspoon of dulce de leche in the middle of each cookie. Top with sea salt and enjoy.

Dulce de Leche Swirled Brioche

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Laden with dulce de leche, this swirled brioche wreath is delightful served as dessert, or as an accompaniment to your morning coffee. While baking, the dulce de leche caramelises into a buttery, toffee melt-in-the-mouth heaven, all encased in a tenderly soft brioche.

Makes one large wreath or two smaller wreaths

Ingredients:

  1. 350 g flour
  2. 66 g granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 100 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  5. ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. 6 g instant yeast
  7. 116 g lukewarm water
  8. 6-7 tablespoons store-bought dulce de leche
  9. oil for greasing
  10. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  11. 2 tablespoons water

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, add the lukewarm water and yeast. Stir to combine and set aside for about 7-8 minutes.
  2. Using a stand-mixer, mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Once combined, add in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Then add in the yeast mixture. The mixture should have a dough-like consistency.
  4. With the mixer running, add the butter, one cube at a time until all of it is incorporated into the dough. Work the dough for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Roll into a ball and transfer to a well-oiled bowl. Leave the dough to rest in the fridge overnight (12 hours minimum).
  6. When the dough is ready, roll it out into a large rectangle onto a lightly floured surface. It should be twice as long as it is wide.
  7. Spread the dulce de leche in an even layer and roll the dough into a log from the longer side.
  8. Using a sharp knife, slice the log in half lengthwise. With the exposed sides up, braid the two halves together and pinch the ends.
  9. Transfer into a baking pan lined with baking paper. Then join the two ends together to make a wreath.
  10. Cover with a damp towel and let the dough rest at room temperature for about an hour.
  11. Place the baking pan into an oven pre-heated at 200°C. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons of sugar and water until all the sugar has dissolved.
  13. Once out of the oven, immediately brush the wreath with the sugar syrup.

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