6 Mar 2015

Dulce de leche and peanut cookies

Patience has never been one of my virtues and that's an understatement. 
To give you an example, the day I decided I wanted to start cycling to work, I just had to buy a bicycle on that same day. 
When it actually took me two weeks to find the right bicycle, I felt like every day separating me from my goal was sheer torture. And that was just a bike.

So you can imagine that buying a house has been a long journey of initiation into the heart of patience and that The Man has had to put up with a few meltdowns from me. 

From finding the place, to doing surveys, researches and negotiating every single detail, buying a house is a long marathon that requires patience and detachment, which I seriously lack. As I was losing it with frustration every other day, The Man was handling both the paperwork and me, his crazy girlfriend, with his usual British phlegm. Yes, he's a saint.

But, may the house god (and Southwark council) be with us, we should get there soon. Stay tuned, you'll know everything about it, I promise!

chewy dulce de leche cookies recipe

Dulce de leche and peanut Cookies

Close your eyes, and picture yourself biting into a warm chewy cookie with a melt in the mouth dulce de leche centre...
Smile, you are a recipe away from making that dream come true!


makes approx 15 large cookies 
225g packed brown sugar
120g granulated sugar
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
300g flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
270g old-fashioned rolled oats
75g blanched peanuts, unsalted and very roughly chopped
2 heaped tbsp dulce de leche + a teaspoon per cookie for the centre 


1/ Pre heat oven to 190c

2/ Cream the sugars and butter, and then add the vanilla extract and the dulce de leche

3/ Beat in the eggs, one at a time

4/ Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and gently add to the mix. Do not over mix

5/ Stir in the oats and peanuts

6/ Line a baking tray with baking parchment

7/ Divide mix into thick disks between 40 and 80g depending on size preference, place a spoon full of dulce de leche in the middle of each disk and fold them so the dulce gets hidden in the centre of each cooke. Space out the cookies on a prepared tray leaving 2 cm between each one, pressing down slightly 

8/ Bake for about 15 mins until golden around the edge. Leave to cool for 10 mins before transferring to cooling wire and leave to cool completely before storing in a cookie jar.

Why weighing each cookie individually before baking? to ensure they all are the same size and will therefor cook at the same speed. This will ensure consistent cookies!
Why waiting for the cookies to cool completely before storing them in a jar? Because otherwise they will release steam in the jar and become soft.

Different sizes for different cookies: the bigger the cookies, the more soft in the middle. Small cookies might be crunchy all way through.  

Recipe adapted from the French Glacé Cherry and pecan cookies recipe by Anthony Kindred

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