Saturday, June 26, 2010

CHOCOLATE THUMBPRINT DULCE DE LECHE COOKIES AND ~ A GIVEAWAY


Despite the success of my dulce de leche I have never considered cosy-ing down into a couch to shovel dollops of dulce de leche from a jar into my face. HO no. The completion of the dulce de leche was no more than a stage in a journey that I had begun when I swiped that can of condensed milk off the shelf. 

So you might think I've had sleepless nights thinking "waht do hi do? waht do hi do?". Ahh ~ truth is ...Hi had known what Hi was to do. HO yes. Hi had plans.

This is plan number one : Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprint Dulce De Leche Cookies with a Pistachio Filigree. Long  Cool no?


The Chocolate Shortbread recipe came from Oven Haven. A beautiful blog. She on the other hand got it from Nostalgia. It's rich, it's chocolatey and it's short. Add your thumbprint, roll in crumbled pistachios and flourish with a dollop of dulce de leche.  Wooooo...what a twist!

I'll let you into a little secret. These cookies are SO chocolatey!! mmm-hmmm
 

The Recipe ~

2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup icing sugar
226 gm butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

Some chopped pistachios

Dulce de leche

Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C)

Cream butter in an electric mixer until creamy. Add icing sugar and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla. On low speed add flour and cocoa powder 1/2 cup at a time and mix until the dough comes together. You might want to take it off the machine and finish the mixing with your hands. 

Using a melon baller scoop scoopfuls of dough and roll into a ball. Press the ball of dough into a thick-ish disc and coat the sides of the disc with pistachios. Lay the disc of dough on a baking tray and make a thumbprint in the centre using your thumb/finger tip or the end of a clean wooden spoon.When done all......

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes of less according to the size of your cookies. I baked mine for about 15 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and using the end of a wooden spoon press down into the depression again because the depression would have puffed up a little while baking. But don't worry. Just push it down again with the back of the wooden spoon. Let cool completely and then fill with dulce de leche just before ( or a few hours) before serving.


But wait!.....the thrill isn't quite over yet. Ho no.


SURPRISE!!! 

A giveaway ~ A box of cookie presses ~



If you have been following my blog you'll know what Malaysians use tart presses for ~ they're for Pineapple Jam Tarts. Like these ~




But they're great for any kind of jam filled cookies. I have a collection of these presses and I thought you should have one too. Wherever you are you're welcome.


I'll be in a very good mood for a week until Saturday  3rd of July. So leave a comment and I'll announce the lucky winner on Sunday 4th of July 2010.


The tart presses will arrive at your door in that little red box. Isn't that fun?


75 comments:

DK said...

I had never considered using dulce de leche in thumbprint cookies before, even though they area bout my favorite variety of cookie ever. Ya, I think they're even better than the ever-popular chocolate chip. All my life dulce de leche has been accompaniment for frozen treats and brunch with waffles. Thanks for the new ideas!

Kathy said...

Oh goodness...
Such darling little presses.
the Dulce De Leche cookies are definately picture perfect!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

sowmya's creative saga said...

the thumbprint cookies look fantastic and quite doable for me too..had made them once , but slightly different..
those cookie moulds look awesome..Hope I win them..I have seen those pineapple jam tarts in bakery shops in singapore..they look wonderful..

Love the Decor! said...

i am drooling over those cookies!!
the molds look like a great gift Hope they come with a recipe too!!

Angie's Recipes said...

These dulce de leche cookies look fabulous! My husband will love them!
I wish I am the lucky one!

ovenhaven said...

Love how you've totally spiced up a nondescript chocolate shortbread cookie!

3 hungry tummies said...

Wow they are so sinful looking! Totally worth the extra mile on the treadmill!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Oh.... These cookies look great with DDL, but too bad, only fill just before eating. I'll be too lazy to do that everytime I want to bite on one.

The cookie presses looks nice, and where's the shell press??? Awww.. that's my fav and I don't see that in the shops :(

zurin said...

Hi everyone. Its great to see you all! as always.

WEndy,

you can fill a few hours before eating OF COURSE!!! You cant be that lazy can you? haha

erina said...

I need those for the yearly pineapple tarts.

Just started making them this year!

zurin said...

WEndy, obout the shell press.... if you really look theyre are all over town. Trust me :)...so I take it you already have the presses M giving away then? heheh

Dominique said...

OMG theese cookies looks so delicious!!! I use dulce de lecce in my chocolate tarts, but I'n try soon in your cookies recipe... Have a nice weekend!

busygran said...

Oh my goodness! What have you done? Tempting my palate again. How i love shortbread and to top it - chocolate shortbread and yummy dulce de leche!
Zurin, I wish I was living next door!

Federica said...

wow wow questo biscotti sono meravigliosi!!ho segnato la ricetta spero di riuscire a farli belli e perfetti come i tuoi!!
complimenti!!!un abbraccio!ciao!

Trix said...

As a good follower of your blog, I did know that those are for pineapple tarts, but you're right, they'd be good for lots of things. The box is all cuteness. I love your use of the dulce de leche in the cookie - ingenious!

Sandi said...

I first had dulce de leche at a local restaurant served with a little Amaretto poured over it. Incredible!!!!
This recipe would be just as good.

Please count me in for your giveaway. Love the molds.

Sandi

Linda said...

Zurin those cookies look just heavenly! I am having a cup of coffee right now and I would love to stick my hand through the screen and grab one or two....
Your pics are simply lovely!
Yummmmmm.......
L~xo

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Talk about melt in your mouth!!

Pam said...

Oh, I love your good moods!

Adriana said...

I really like the pistachio + dulce de leche combination!!! and it's a very original thumbprint cookie, not your typical sort of boring jam one!

LaGrand3adventure said...

my goodness. I made this as desert for my family the other night, and I just wanted to say that this recipe got so many compliments. What a discovery. I'm loving this food blog! Thanks so much for the recipe

LaGrand3adventure said...

my goodness. I made this as desert for my family the other night, and I just wanted to say that this recipe got so many compliments. What a discovery. I'm loving this food blog! Thanks so much for the recipe

Rachael said...

those cookies look insanely good- definitely added to my "recipes to make" list
and those cookies presses are just darling! i would LOVE a set :D

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

These chocolate shortbread cookies look delectable even without the dulce de leche. Add that in and and they're pretty much irresistable :)

Lili said...

Dulce de leche as a cookie filling -- ingenious and delicious. Oh, and cookie presses -- ingenious and potentially delicious!

Irene's Footprints said...

Oh...I didn't know these cookie press can be used for pineapple tarts? Maybe I will try it if I have a set....

Anna said...

Wow Zurin, you are killing me, look at these delicious little darlings before go to sleep, I will dream about them. Dulce de leche is my most favorite thing in the world. And now with cookies. Yummmmm!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

oops - sorry ! It was me that suggested you were eating it off the spoon from the last lot of photos. It is tasty enough ....

Your photos of the cookies look seriously wonderful though.

Mary said...

Your cookies are decadently delicious and not to hard to do. That thrills me. Your giveaway is unique and lovely. There is someone out there who will be very happy to receive them. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

zurin said...

Sarah-Jane, Dont tell anyone.But I did eat off the spoon. :D

Karen said...

Wow! What a scrumptious recipe - can't wait to try it out.
The presses look beautiful...maybe I'll get lucky!!

Space Monkey 1138 said...

Darling!

ABowlOfMush said...

ooh gorgeous looking cookies!
That dulce de leche looks stunning!

Marlenie@iowatelecom.net said...

I can't wait to try these cookies. I always wanted to try making cookies with a cookie press too. It's a win win :) hopefully!!

Pacheco Patty said...

Beautifully delicious looking thumbprint cookies, very unique! Your photos are wonderful, I know I would have trouble eating only one of these!

Daniela said...

Yummy cookies. It's hard for me to decide which ones to make first: the Chocolate Thumbprint Dulce De Leche Cookies or the Pineapple Jam Tarts? I guess I have to make both :)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.

I have read about dulce de leche but too afraid to attempt to make it but after reading your post on this chocolate thumbprint cookies, I am going to make it.

Thanks for the recipe.

Maureen

Maricel said...

I am a gadget freak and I have been lusting after those presses so much that I have been contemplating on going to Singapore to get them and enroll in a cake decorating class while I am at it

T said...

The tart presses are so cute!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

hehe love these-they're a much more socially acceptable way of eating copious amounts of DDL (although sadly I do eat it by the spoonful). Those cookie presses are great! I bought some a while back and use them for icing too :)

pierre said...

love this dulce de leche !! Thanks Pierre

SnacksGiving said...

Love the cookies. And those little presses look like a perfect gift to any foodie!

Christine said...

Hi

Your cookies looked so good ! Can't wait to try some.

Your pineapple tarts looked good too = )

longtimegeek said...

They are such party cookies - they make you happy just to look at them.

EliB said...

oh! i would love to be a winner--July 4th is my birthday :)

Percicilan said...

Me me me!
hehe I am neighbour kan kan kan?
Heheh

pigpigscorner said...

wahh what a great idea! Looks like it's time to make another can of dulce de leche!

Joy said...

I would love to win that! I have always admired malyasian baking and I can't seem to find those type of cookie presses.

That is a great cookie recipe. It just looks so rich and sinful

Sophie said...

Great fun,...ooh yes indeed!! Those cookie press cutters look cool & fun to play with!!

These choclately cookies filled with dulce de leche look so tasty & special too, dear zurin!! Yeah!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,...too!

Kisses from Brussels!

Misty said...

Yum! The presses make such cute cookies too.

Blue Penguin said...

Oh, those look so lovely! I've yet to try making dulce de leche, but it's definitely on the list. The cookie presses would be great for using with homemade lemon curd-filled cookies as well... will have to keep my fingers crossed!

s said...

oh wow..these are fabulous!!!!totally sinful...
btw love ur blog...

chabb said...

sono bellissimi complimenti!!

Faida said...

Aunty Zurin,
Masarap tu'ud...!

I leave it to you to find the meaning.

Faida said...

Hi again aunty, I am glad to get your comment. Its been a while.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! Wow! those cookies look amazing, your blog looks fabulous. The cookie press also looks really cute.
Following you:-)

Susi said...

These cookies look incredible!
I just found your blog through photograzing and love your pictures and posts. I will be back!

Cathy said...

I've thought about making dulce de leche before but always decide against it. Until now that is. Your chocolate shortbread cookies look so delicious that I'm finally going to do it.

Oh my, I would love to win those little tart molds. I've looked everywhere for them with no luck.

myfrenchkitchen said...

Beautiful, deliccious looking cookies and gorgeous photography!
Ronelle

Mary said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think your giveaway is something anyone would appreciate. I hope you have great success with it.

A Little Yumminess said...

What a good use of dulce de leche....I want some of those with a cup a chai. And the pineapple tarts are making me homesick :(....

I am loving your blog. Found you on foodgawker via Dulce de leche photo...thanks for visiting us and commenting

Chef Tess said...

Gorgeous cookies! What a great idea. Am I too late to enter the giveaway? Hope not. Thanks for the wonderful comments you leave on my blog.

Shinpai said...

First off, those cookies look decadently delicious! I am now craving some warmed milk and those cookies!

Second, those tart presses are adorable! I have been having a lot of tea parties, and I think I shall see about getting those so I can make some delicious tarts.

Roberta said...

Dulce de leche is on my "try to cook list" for this weekend... after quite some time of searching condensed milk in a can I finally found one. Now I need a recipe where I can use my future dulce de leche and I think I'll try this one as I just love the idea! Thanks for sharing!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Those cookies are undoubtly cute with DDL fillings! Wish to grab some for my tea-time now! :D

Annie said...

You inspired me to make Dulce de Leche and now I have something to do with it besides just eating gigantic spoonfuls of it! Can't wait to try them!

Jo Dough said...

I'm in love with those adorable presses! Especially the little seashell, but they're all so cute! Thanks for the great ideas!

eveysiy said...

these are such a great idea~! and it's perfect because i happen to have leftover of both dulce de leche and pistachio from two separate baking projects~!

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Clare @ Mrs Multitasker said...

zurin this post is so gorgeous. Those cookies... *sigh*... Every now and then I get the feeling of "I wish I'd made those" and now's one of those moments...

(Don't need to enter me for the giveaway by the way... I have plenty of cookie cutters. Generous of you though!)

Sara said...

I've never seen that type of cookie press before. They look fabulous!

Kate at Serendipity said...

Oh, poop. I missed it. You're a doll to have this giveaway, and I'm kicking myself (hard!) for missing it.

However, those cookies are now on my keeper list!

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MIRJANA(Ruza123) said...

Very,very nice blog...i rely enjoy reading ,and photos,they are awesome!!!!!

Ани said...

Fantastic recipe. I will definitely try it out. Kids will love it. Thank you! Your blog is very creative.

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