(You have my permission to skip through the blah blah blah and go straight to the recipe, this cookie is wayy more interesting than I am)
At first when I created this blog I told myself I wouldn’t share anything about myself. I would just type out the recipes and say here you go, try it, bye. But then I realized more and more that I actually ENJOY reading what my favorite bloggers have to say! (I don’t know why this was such a massive revelation?)
So if you have been wondering why these desserts are getting more and more complicated, well here is the deal. I applied to grad school a few months ago and am now in the process of hearing back (aka I check my email 100 times, I’ve started lurking on grad school message boards, Fridays fill me with dread since they are the days rejections go out according to the message boards….). So in order to keep my crazy under control I have been baking up a storm and getting a little fancier. Don’t worry, though. I will be back to easy desserts and recipes for two after the first week in March (according to the messages boards..) so in the meantime enjoy some pictures and absolutely wonderful dark chocolate cookies stuffed with dulce de leche.
This past week at the request of my boyfriend I made a tres leches cake (more to come on that later this week so stay tuned!) and ended up having some leftover sweetened condensed milk so I attempted to make dulce de leche. This ended up being a total pain (I stood over a double boiler for 4 hours stirring constantly) and maybe I will try this again but honestly I live a short walk away from a Safeway where I can buy some dulce de leche for $2 so this may be one kitchen DIY trend that I pass on…
I decided to make these cookies as a play on another of my favorite cookies, chocolate cookies filled with salted caramel. These dark chocolate cookies taste reminiscent of a dark chocolate brownie and have a slightly sandy texture which perfectly compliments the gooey, luscious, chewy dulce de leche. These cookies NEED the dulce de leche; alone they are good but truly the dulce de leche makes them. If you use a typical thick chewy chocolate cookie it won’t be able to contain the dulce de leche in the oven and you will end up with a gooey, sticky mess.
You could also get creative and stuff the cookie with Neutella, a nut butter, or any other creamy spread you like paired with rich dark chocolate.
I think these cookies are a HUGE hit and they are unbelievably easy! Everyone says they like chocolate chip cookies and sure, those are great but bring some stuffed cookies to your friends and you are SURE to be remembered as a cookie genius, especially ones stuffed with caramel-y milk-y chewy, gooey dulce de leche!
The Dulce De Leche
*You can either make your own if you are feeling adventerous and have 2-3 hours on your hand. Mine turned out fine but feel free to buy your own. I won’t judge you (I may or may not have created an elaborate “exercise walk” that includes a trip by the grocery store so I could buy some) if you purchase yours.
1. Spray some non stick baking spray on a plate and then spoon 1/2 tbs sized balls of the dulce de leche onto the plate (if you are making this cookie recipe you only need 6 balls but if you are making a bigger batch then make as many balls as you will have cookies) and then stick the plate into the freezer.
2. Allow the dulce de leche to freeze completely through before using it, this takes about 2-3 hours.
(Stay with me, this is the end product!)
2 tbs butter
2 oz milk chocolate chips
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 egg yolk
5 tbs white granulated sugar
3 tbs bread flour
1. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave, about 30 sec. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a silicon baking mat on the baking sheet.
2. Stir the melted butter and chocolate chips together till combined, add in the cocoa powder, egg yolk, and granulated sugar.
3. Finally stir in the bread flour. The dough will feel a little crumbly but that is perfectly fine! These cookies have a texture cross between a chocolate cookie and regular chewy chocolate cookie so trust that magic happens in the oven.
4. Break the dough into 6 equal pieces and then flatten out the dough. Tuck a piece of frozen dulce de leche inside and then roll the dough into a ball and flatten slightly and place it onto the baking sheet.
5. Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes till the cookies are set and the dulce de leche is JUST starting to peak through. Allow the cookies to cool for 10ish minutes before devouring them! Good thing this batch only makes 6…..
What would YOU like to tuck into a chocolate cookie?
I’m thinking I need to find a way to stick something strawberry into a chocolate cookie….