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 powder1 cup icing sugar
226 gm butter
1/4 tsp salt1 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.
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?