Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies

Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies are a delicious and sweet treat for those who have a sweet tooth.

Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies

Hello, my friends. Although I doubt that anyone will see this post (I do imagine you’re  busy now. And I do understand you’d rather spend time with your family. So am I indeed – that’s why I am keeping this short and easy today), I’ve decided to share these Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies with you.

First of all, we should remember that Santa’s coming to town ©. Even though I am not sure if I’m on Santa’s good or naughty list this year, I don’t want to take my chances. Thus, baking some extra cookies for this dude is obligatory. I believe Santa will appreciate these treats (When he recovers from a sugar coma, of course).

Secondly, these cookies are filled with dulce de leche. And you know me – I cannot properly end the year without a dulce de leche recipe. Besides, dulce de leche works so well with all these warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger, so I thought that would be a perfect marriage.

I also thought that coating the snickerdoodle cookies with demerara (or other “coarse”) kind of sugar will make the cookies look even more beautiful. That’s true – look at those sparkles! However, using this sugar quite affected the exterior; it was crispier than the ones traditional snickerdoodles have. Still lovely – but I love chewy exterior more. In fact, I coated ½ of the batch with the mixture of the regular granulated sugar (2/3) and demerara (1/3), and the result was so much better, in my opinion.

There’s on little thing you should be aware – this is an extremely sweet dessert. That’s not surprising, right? I believe you can add slightly less sugar in the dough. Also, I won’t recommend serving this with eggnog (And I hope you would not have thought of such option), but with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea, this would be a very enjoyable experience.

So please make Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies and leave (or don’t) a couple of Santa.

I will also post another recipe on Sunday or Monday, but in case you’re busy, let me wish you a beautiful holiday and lots of festive food (Remember that calories on December don’t count. We’ll argue about this with our scales in January.)

P.S. I also hope you’re on Santa’s good list.


Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodles Cookies

Category: Baking: Sweet, Christmas, Cookies, Holidays

Servings: about 25


  • 2 and 2/3 cups pastry flour
  • 1,5 tsp. baking powder (or the combination of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, soften
  • 1 cup granulate sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Option #1: 1/2 cup demerara sugar (The exterior will be crispier and with less cracks)
  • Option #2: 1/2 granulated sugar + 2-3 tbsp. demerara (The exterior will be soft and chewy)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup thick dulce de leche


  1. Preheat oven to about 170 degrees C (370 F). If you are going to coat the cookies in the demerara sugar, I recommend 165 degrees C as the bottom of the cookies could start burning fast. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at high medium speed until light in color, about 3 minutes.
  4. Beat the eggs and vanilla. Continue beating at low speed.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating the dough until smooth.
  6. To make the spiced sugar, in a small bowl combine the sugar (or two kinds of sugar) with cinnamon. Using a tablespoon, scoop out some dough and roll into walnut size balls.
  7. Toss the balls in the spiced sugar to coat. Place them on the prepared sheets, 2-3 cm apart. Gently press your thumb or a small spoon into the center of each cookie. Bake for 5-6 minutes then remove from the oven: you will see that the thumbprints have balanced back.
  8. Working quickly, using the back of a small spoon, re-define the thumbprints. Bake for another 4-5 minutes at 170-175C or until the edges are set, crisp, and lightly browned.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  10. Fill with dulce de leche.
  11. Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Dulce De Leche Snickerdoodle Thumbprint Cookies

  1. It seems only fitting that you wrap up the year with a good dulce de leche recipe post! I mean you’ve been making delicious dulce de leche creations all year, and we wouldn’t want Santa to miss out, right? These look amazing, and I do hope that Santa remembers to keep you on his list this year. I hope you are having a great holiday break so far, my friend! Merry Christmas!
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