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Ginger Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche…

October 16, 2011

It’s close on two months to Christmas. Did you know that?

I swear I was here just a few months ago. Every year seems to sprint by and before you know it you have that “shopping center moment”. You know, the one where you’re walking along doing your shopping, minding your own business, and suddenly there are Christmas decorations and stuff everywhere.

Oh my word Mom, check it out! They’re starting early this year? This stuff is just gonna sit here taking up… wait. What month is it? October? How did that happen?!

Since I’ve started blogging, it’s the “12 weeks of cookies moment”. Know which one I’m talking about?

This year it was Bree who jolted me into reality with her White Chocolate Ginger Drops.

Wow. I was obsessing over them for weeks before I finally got round to them. Although my obsession with dulce de leche won over and they turned into Ginger Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche.

12 Weeks of Cookies is an awesome way to get the excitement going. Go check it out! Counting down to Christmas with cookies. What else?

Christmas is around the corner, let’s get our butts into gear, K?

Ginger Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche:   (Adapted from Baked Bree) (Makes about 24)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup/170 g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a stand mixer with paddle attachment or a hand beater until light in colour and fluffy (6 – 10 min).

Add the molasses, egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined and a soft dough forms.

Divide the dough in two and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F and line baking sheets with non-stick paper.

Roll the dough into balls (a tbsp. measure makes a good-sized cookie) and roll the balls in caster (superfine) sugar.

Place the balls onto prepared baking sheets and press your finger down onto the tops to create a small dent in each. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until slightly firm and the undersides of the cookies are a deep golden brown.

Allow to cool completely and pipe or dollop about 1/2 tsp. dulce de leche into the dent of each cookie.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    October 17, 2011 2:43 pm

    These were extremely tasty and some more for Christmas would be yummy! Well done!

  2. October 17, 2011 3:00 pm

    Love this idea! Two of my favorites, the gingerbread and dulce de leche, come together. These are being bookmarked for my holiday baking list.

  3. October 17, 2011 4:11 pm

    Raaahhh lovely biscuits !!

  4. October 17, 2011 8:25 pm

    It looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!! I will definitely make them foor Christmas!! Thanks!

  5. October 18, 2011 6:23 pm

    I’m adding this to my to-do list! Wish I could scrape off some of that yummy dulce de leche with my finger to taste and then bite into that ginger cookie!

  6. October 18, 2011 7:29 pm

    These look DIVINE. Going to the grocery store today!

  7. October 18, 2011 8:32 pm

    Thanks Cat and Bites of Sweet and Spice! :)

  8. October 19, 2011 6:48 am

    These look adorable! And adding dulce de leche is probably the best addition you could possibly make!

  9. crustabakes permalink
    October 19, 2011 9:55 am

    I am so loving that bit of dulce de leche! what a great way to countdown to xmas!

  10. akatwentyeight permalink
    October 21, 2011 8:45 pm

    umm..amazing! LOVE dulce de leche ever since being introduced to it in South America AND ginger cookies have always been a favorite!

    thanks for sharing!

  11. November 2, 2011 10:20 pm

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  12. November 6, 2011 7:42 pm

    These look great. I think they will work for a topping or even a crust for acheesecake??

  13. November 10, 2011 5:10 pm

    oh my these look soooo delicious :)

    yum yum yum

    well done

    Betty Bake x

  14. Cheryl permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:40 am

    Where does one find ‘dulce de leche”. I know it’s a Mexican caramel, but I have no idea where to get it, or how to make it. BTW, this recipe is sweeping Pinterest, it looks so delicious.

    • December 13, 2011 3:03 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! :) Where are you from? I’m sure anywhere around the world you’d be able to buy it ready made in speciality stores, but in South Africa, Nestle makes a product called “Caramel Treat” which is basically dulce de leche. You can make your own quite easily however, which is what I did here. Here’s a link . So easy!

      • Cheryl permalink
        December 13, 2011 4:24 pm

        Thank you for the link. That’s very creative to use sweetened condensed milk to make the dulce de leche. I think I can do that! I’ll look in the grocery store for the Nestle product, too. I’ve never heard of it. I can’t wait to make these cookies. They look sooooooooo delicious!

      • December 13, 2011 10:28 pm

        It’s a pleasure, I would love to know how they turn out whenever you do make them! :)


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