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Dulce de Leche Thumbprint cookies on a round wire rack with sauce in a jar behind them.
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Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

Powdery soft cookies with a buttery vanilla flavor. Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies are filled with the sweet caramel-like confection that makes these irresistible. They're a perfect treat to gift or make during the holidays.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, cookies
Servings: 46 Cookies
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Aimee Mars | Aimee Mars Living


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Egg Yolks room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2⅓ cups All-Purpose Flour spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche
  • 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Coarse Salt


Dulce de Leche

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a pie dish or pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place the pie dish into a large roasting pan or baking pan and fill the pan with about 1-inch of hot water.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes then whisk the sauce to smooth out any lumps before using.

Thumbprint Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line to baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer cream the butter and sugar for 1 to 2 minutes until lighter in color and fluffy in texture.
  • Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until just combined. Mix in the flour, which will be crumbly initially, but turns into a soft dough after well mixed.
  • Using a 1-inch sized cookie scoop or a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon scoop out the cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use your thumb or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon-sized measuring spoon to gently press a round-shaped depression into the cookie. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of dulce de leche into the depression of each cookie. Sprinkle with coarse salt flakes.
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookies are set and the edges are slightly golden in color. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to finish cooling on a wire rack.


Instead of using sweetened condensed milk to make your own Dulce de Leche sauce, you can easily purchase the sauce directly from your grocery store.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg