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I have a confession to make. There hasn’t been a whole lot of cooking going on in my house. It’s just too darn hot outside. We live in an older house with horrible insulation, and although we had central air put in when we bought the house, it still is hard to keep the house cool. (It also could have to do with the fact that the people we hired put in a much too small unit – if you live in Utah County and are wanting to put in heating or air conditioning – I’ll tell you who not to hire!) So we’ve been eating very simple lately. I pulled up the folder of pictures to blog on my computer this morning, and I realized that my back-ups are getting quite thin!! Since I don’t have a whole lot left to choose from, I’m bringing you another cookie recipe – but I never complain about too many cookies!!

I think I’m like most people over the world – I love dulce de leche. So when I see a recipe with it, I’m always drawn to it. This one was no exception! I know that dulce de leche can now be bought at many supermarkets and grocery stores across the US these days. In fact, I’ve seen it at my store, but I’ve never bought it. I’ve always made my own. Even though it takes a long time, it is really quite easy. And to my knowledge, there are 3 different ways to make it using sweetened condensed milk. I know everyone has their preference, and so do I.

1 – put the can in a pot of boiling water, completely covered by water. Let the can simmer in the water for 2 to 4 hours. This is actually the way that my Junior High Spanish teacher taught us to make it. The caution on this one is that the can can explode. It’s never happened to me, but there are warnings everywhere of the danger of making dulce de leche this way. The good thing about this method is that the milk caramelizes evenly through the can, but on the bad side, you can’t really tell when it is done because the can is sealed.

2 – poke 2 holes in the top of the sweetened condensed milk can. Put it into a pot of simmering water, and leave it there for 2-4 hours, refilling the water as neccesary to keep the water level about 2/3 up the can. The milk will pool a bit on the top of the can, and when it turns a caramel color, it is done. Although this is the safer way, (and the way suggested in the recipe for these cookeis), it’s probably my least favorite way. Because the bottom 2/3 of the can are immersed in water, they turn much darker than the top. What I usually end up with is thick, almost solid caramel on the bottom, and barely caramelized milk on the top. I don’t like the inconsistency.

3 – the third way, and my favorite way, is to bring a pot of water to a simmer or light boil, and set a bowl on top of the pan. Open the can of sweetened condensed milk, and pour it into the bowl. Cover the bowl with foil, and go back and stir the milk every 15 to 30 minutes until it has caramelized and thickened. Although this way seems to take the longest, I like that the milk caramelizes evenly, and you can tell when it is done and to the consistency you want.

No matter which method you choose, I wouldn’t suggest using fat free sweetened condensed milk. That’s all I had at home when I made these, and it doesn’t work quite right.

Whether you choose to buy the pre-made dulce de leche or make your own, these are easy and delicious cookies!

Dulce de Leche Macaroons
adapted from The Pastry Queen

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

14 oz can dulce de leche
3 cups lightly packed sweetened flaked coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchement paper or silicone mats, or butter generously.

Mix together the dulce de leche, coconut and vanilla. Using a 1 3/4-diameter scoop, drop the spoonfuls of dough on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1-1/2 inches apart. Wet your fingertips lightly with water and gently flatten the cookie dough (no need to press hard; just press out the hump). Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges are dark brown and crisp. Let the cookies cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Store the cookies for about 1 week in an airtight tin, or freeze for 1 month. Separate the layers of cookies with waxed paper or they will stick together.

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36 Responses to Dulce de Leche Macaroons

  1. Jenny says:

    Oh man, I love macaroons and love dulce de leche, so I know these would be incredible! They look great!

  2. glamah16 says:

    Oh yumm. You guys to need to get out a grill and cook. I just saw a dukce de leche recipe with coconut milk! I so want to try that.

  3. eatme_delicious says:

    AHhhhh oh my!! Dulce de leche combined with coconut. Wow these sound and look just perfect. I know I’ll be making these. Hope the weather cools down for you soon!

  4. DawnsRecipes says:

    Yikes!!! Those sound freakin’ amazing! My waist line is very angry with you…haha!

  5. Bellini Valli says:

    Yes dulce de leche works for me..pair it with coconut to make macaroons and I think I am in heaven:D

  6. farida says:

    Love love macaroons! These look so good. And dolce de leche? yum yum!!

    I have a surprise for you waiting to be picked up from my blog:)

  7. Katie B. says:

    My word – these sound fantastic! I only just made my first recipe with dulce de leche, and I’m quite smitten – must try these!

  8. dobetter says:

    My oh my! Your title was enough to entice me. Thanks for sharing this one!

  9. Kevin says:

    Those look good! I have been wanting to try dulce de leche for a while now. I will have to try making it.

  10. noble pig says:

    These sound incredible! I love the idea of this…it’s killing my sweet tooth.

  11. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    Love the idea of a dulce de leche macaroon. . .I’m bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Grace says:

    of all the combinations in all the land, you’ve found dulce de leche and coconut. i absolutely love it. 🙂

  13. Emiline says:

    The macaroons sound great. I would never turn down a cookie.

    I know what you mean about back up recipes. I’m down to one. Yes, one! I know I should get busy, but it’s too hot.

  14. Peabody says:

    There hasn’t been a whole lot of cooking here either. I need to do something I am running out of back ups.

  15. April says:

    These look really, really good!!

  16. Lore says:

    You’re so right: everyone I know loves dulce de leche. I’ve never made my own so I should give it a try.

  17. Madam Chow says:

    I’ve used the first and third method. I am not a big fan of really sweet stuff, but dulce de leche is the BIG exception!

  18. Paula says:

    Whoa, this sounds seriously good. Dulce de leche = food of the gods! Yum!

  19. Elle says:

    Deborha, these look incredible! I’ve never made my own dulce de leche, but it seems so easy! And you’re right, you can never have too many cookie recipes.

  20. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I have yet to make dulce de leche, so I appreciate your write up of the different ways to do it. Your cookies look excellent!

  21. Sara says:

    I’ve wanted to try dulce de leche but was always afraid of the exploding can. thanks for sharing an alternative!

  22. jasmine says:

    These macaroons look so good–the ddl makes me want them even more.

    I totally sympathise with dealing with the heat…this is my first year with central air and I’m already spoiled…visited my parents yesterday (who don’t have it) and I thought I was going to faint…


  23. Colloquial Cook says:

    Ooooh, look at those babies!!

  24. Meeta says:

    you’ll never find me complaining about these kind of cookies. they look awesome!

  25. Dana says:

    Coconut *and* dulce de leche??? How could these be anything but awesome??

  26. Prudy says:

    Darling fourth of July cookies. The macaroons look wonderful too. I lived in Chile for a couple of years and all the ladies would make their dulce de leche the way you described.

  27. kat says:

    I’ve never made it myself either but I love to eat it!

  28. Mama Goose says:

    Oh I so have to try this! I’ve heard how wonderful Dulce de Leche is but have never tried it. And I’ve never met a macaroon I didn’t like, so this should be a winner!

  29. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, you’d be more than glad here in Brazil – we love dulce de leche, one can find it anywhere. 🙂

    I love these macaroons – so simple and yet so delicious!! I’ll be sending my teenage sister the link.

  30. Elle says:

    Once you have the dulc de leche ready, these sure look easy to do…and yummy!
    Hope it cools down soon for you 🙂

  31. CIA-Cooking In An Apron says:

    I feel ya on the heat thing, I live in Northern Cal and we’re having a heat wave! Seriously don’t laugh! It got to 90 in SF yesterday!! I recently made DDL in the pot in boiling water and it boiled it for 4hrs. Worked perfect would do it again same way. Great recipe will try soon!

  32. Chef Craig says:

    Hey, its me again (sorry) but i just had one more question. I was wondering how you got your archives to have the names of the food as their title instead of having the title be a date. I would also greatly appreciate this answer. Thank you.

    And this is jeff by the way…. but it says im chef craig? wutever. If you want to see my blog just type in tactom.blogspot.com

  33. Deborah says:

    Hi Jeff –

    In blogger, the title of your post will show. I usually just use the title of the recipe as the title for my post, so that is why the recipe title is showing. Hope this helps!

  34. EAT! says:

    Love macaroons! Love dulce de leche!!

  35. Kait says:

    Mmm – sounds delicious. I’m always drawn to recipes with dulce de leche, too. You’re obviously pretty ambitious if you make your own dulce de leche! Kudos 🙂

  36. Wafflo says:

    Just one thing, on chile is called “Manjar” not “dulce de leche” that’s the argentinian version.

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