Dulce de Leche, yum, and already made – yummier. I was not sure if I was going to make these cookies (remember my diet? I like to think about it too), and also, I rarely bake dairy a. because my husband is lactose intolerant and b. because all of my equipment is meat or pareve – meaning that it cannot touch milk or dairy products. But then I said that if I am not going to be participating for the next two weeks because of Passover when we can’t eat flour or anything made with it, I should really do this week’s recipe. So I sent out Rocker Dude to see if he could find ready-made dulce de leche. Thankfully, he found it easily and bought a jar. So on Tuesday night while he was in Jerusalem doing his radio show (rock4rookies.com – I am a good wife), I decided to make the cookies, this way, there would be a nice treat waiting for him when he got home (I AM a good wife!)
So I creamed the margarine by hand (I’m not sure why I used margarine for these cookies when I was making them dairy anyway, but I guess it’s because that’s what was in the house – old habits die hard). And then added the caramel. Once I got the eggs in there it was a lot easier to mix.
I baked the cookies in my trusty dusty toaster oven, and because the pan that fits in does not have a flat bottom, the cookies did not come out perfectly round. But they came out super chewy (yum!) and when they cooled I spread a thin layer of caramel on the bottom of one cookie and topped it with another cookie.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like these cookies, because I don’t like caramel in large quantities, one bite is enough and then I get sick of the taste. But in these cookies, the caramel taste is subtle and only adds to the cookie taste. I had great intentions of bringing these cookies into work so that they would not be lying around the house, but then I realized that after making the sandwiches, that there were only about 18 cookies, not enough to bring to work, so they stayed home. S. enjoyed them a lot as you can see (she is concentrating on doing her very first puzzle!).
I enjoyed them too, and Rocker Dude gave them the ultimate compliment, “they are so soft.” Apparently (and this has taken me 4 years to figure out) he likes chewy cookies. To be honest so do I, but I guess he just never mentioned it before. Thanks Dorie!