These easy to make Dulce de Leche Sea Salt Cookies include a beautiful thin brown sugar salted cookie filled with bite sized dulce de leche truffles, with a sprinkle of sea salt for the perfect sweet and salty treat. You’ll love making these cookies for the holidays!
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Chocolate caramel dulce de leche truffles
I found a bag of these Chocolate caramel dulce de leche truffles at my grocery store and thought they sounded delicious. No, I’m not getting paid by them for this post, I just thought it was delicious and should share it with my readers.
Each truffle is filled with a caramel dulce de leche flavored center surrounded by milk chocolate. Sounds like the perfect holiday flavors to me!
And, these are great for baking or snacking! You could put out a bowl of these for a holiday party and people would love these as little bites.
What if my store doesn’t carry these?
If your store doesn’t carry these truffles, keep an eye out, I’ll bet that closer to Christmas they will. Also, keep an eye on Amazon (I checked there but didn’t see any as I wrote this). They should be about $4 for a bag.
But there are some great substitutions you could make.
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Mix up half caramel chips and half milk chocolate chips.
Dulce de leche and caramel are pretty similar. Especially when you’re talking about the flavor inside a cookie. Both are basically made from milk & sugar that’s been simmered until it turns a golden caramel color.
More specifically, caramel is made with sugar and cream, while dulce de leche is made with sweetened condensed milk.
Because of the extra sugar levels in dulce de leche, it’s typically a bit sweeter than caramel. But I would describe dulce de leche as a rich caramel flavor.
How to Make Dulce de Leche Cookies with Sea Salt
Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card for full instructions and ingredient amounts.
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Preheat your oven to 375° F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy. You can use a stand mixer, a hand mixer, or even a sturdy fork to do the mixing. I’m a big fan of using a fork. I don’t have to clean up any extra equipment and I get an arm workout.
Add egg, beat well. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in truffles.
Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sea salt. Any large grain sea salt will work here. I used fleur de sel, which is almost transparent and not easy to see on the cookies, but the flavor is divine! You could even try pretzel salt for a fun crunch!
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Can These Cookies Be Made in Advance?
Yes, the cookies with Dulce de Leche and sea salt can be made a few days ahead of time, and will keep well in an airtight container at room temp for 4-5 days.
Can I put them in the freezer?
Again, these are a great make ahead cookie, and can be frozen for up to 3 months if properly stored.
Let the cookies cool completely. Pop them in an airtight container with parchment paper between the layers of cookies.
Looking for More Cookie Recipes for the Holidays?
I love to have a variety of cookies for the holidays. You’ll love these at your cookie exchange: Coconut Oat Cookies, 2 ingredient coconut macaroons, Oatmeal cookies, Mint chocolate rugelach, and Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies.
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Dulce de Leche Sea Salt Cookies
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add egg, beat well. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in truffles. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle tops of cookies with sea salt.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.