Monday, July 26, 2010

Pecan Dulce de Leche Cookies

Happy Monday folks!

Sorry for the rather scant posting late last week. We've been preparing the house for another visit from Mother Humble and this time she's bringing friends with her. So we've been working hard to make sure the place is presentable. Even going so far as organizing the pantry and garage.

The pantry was a bit more fun than the garage. I got to go nuts with Italian canning jars. While putting the garage in order, the spiders went nuts on me.

I spent the weekend recovering from a spider bite. Fever, chills, nausea, aches and so much more! It was loads of fun! Rather than getting things done--like grocery shopping--I spent the weekend in a delusional state, thinking that in addition to every blanket in the house, I should cover myself with printer paper to keep warm.

So Monday rolls around and I'm feeling a little better and I hit my pantry, only to discover I have a single egg to bake with. One egg.

That really limits a gal's baking options, so we're doing pecan butter cookies today.

Pecan Dulce de Leche Cookies
adapted from In the Sweet Kitchen
yields roughly 25 2" sandwiches
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup rice flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped pecans

dulce de leche
for sandwiching

In your food processor, combine the flour, rice flour, sugar and salt. Give it a quick whirl to combine. Add the butter cubes and vanilla and process until it begins to lose the fine crumbly texture and come together. Then add the pecans and mix. The less you blend the better. If you pinch the dough and it holds together, it is ready.

Pour the crumbly dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and cover it with a second sheet. Roll out the dough between the parchment to 1/4" thick. Cut out your cookies and transfer them to baking sheets lined with parchment. Place the sheets in the freezer for 10 minutes until firm and then bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes.

Once the cookies are firm and the edges just beginning to take on some color, remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Sandwich the cookies with a little dulce de leche and serve.

For folks not wishing to bother with the caramel, the sandy pecan butter cookies are equally delicious without.


  1. So sorry to hear about the spider bite. Hope you feel a lot better now. These cookies look so so delicious. You got me on the dulce de leche hehe.. thanx for sharing. xx

  2. sorry about the spider bite, I hope you're recovered! Those cookies look AMAZING...and I think they would be pretty easy to veganize without the eggs, so I might even try my hand at them!

  3. Sorry about the spider bite. Those things can be nasty. Great sounding cookies.

  4. ouch! glad you're feeling better:o)

  5. Mmmm...dulce de favorite condiment. It goes well with practically everything. We'll give this a try.

  6. Wow, gorgeous cookies, but boo for that scary spider bite! :( Glad to hear you survived the attack and are back to cookie-making!

  7. hope you are much, much better this evening...
    we are recovering from a violent storm & power outage yesterday.
    power returned 36 hours later so i HAD to clean my need to elaborate...
    my husband discovered dulce de leche ices & remarked how delicious dulce is... & i now have the perfect cookie to re-create...
    as always...thank you!

  8. Glad you are feeling better. I hate spider bites... they suck... really they do!
    Your cookies however, don't suck at all. I am going to have to try these very soon! Thank you for the inspiration.

  9. You poor thing! Glad you are better, these cookies are so dainty and pretty

  10. Oh Frigoverre jars, how I love thee. I'm glad you are feeling better!

  11. these loook so good ^-^
    and question. is the rice flour supposed to be rice flour u find in asian stores?

  12. beautiful cookies. Hope you are feeling better...hate the spiders always vacume all the odd places in my house, but they work faster than I vacume....

  13. Looks like you've got a spammy comment up there, Ms. H!

    I want a pantry like that! Is that flattened rice you have in the second from left jar?

  14. I remember you doing this spider bite thing not too long ago -- perhaps you need a . . . what eats spiders? . . . as a pet?

    Cookies are divine, and as I have a son away at a Boy Scout Jamboree, I'll make some today for sending! Thanks!

  15. Southlakesmom,

    Yea, I did have a fairly harmless bite several weeks back.

    Unfortunately, I think the only thing that would live in my garage and eat spiders is OTHER spiders. The only thing that is going to make that area safe is a hazmat suit.


    That it is. Yummy poha.


    Yes, plain ordinary rice flour. If that is difficult to find you may substitute corn starch.

  16. Do NOT do this. As a three-time Jamboree staffer I can tell you authoritatively that they will not arrive. Yes, there is a Jambo post office, staffed by volunteers (my neighbors at Old Colony Council MA used to have a lock on this nice air-conditioned venue, and may still), but since Jambo opened for boys Monday, anything you send there today won't get there in time to be distributed to your kid's subcamp. Food sent to Jambo is just about always wasted. Save them for the day he gets home-- you'll be supermom then! Want to REALLY make a splash, bring a ton of them to the bus when you pick him up!


    Auntie Beans
    Chair, Risk Management/Health & Safety
    Boston Minuteman Council, MA
    I useta be an Eagle and a good ol' staffer too
    NSJ Nat'l H&S 1997, 2001, 2005 but no more
    and a buncha other stuff

  17. What do you do with the pecans?

  18. Omitting a key ingredient from the instructions, just my style. Just fixed it.

  19. I made these today and they are every bit as good as they look!

  20. I made these cookies over the weekend but i am too much of a scaredy cat to do the can in the oven trick so i simmered my sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler on the stove for 2 hours or so. It turned out perfectly and the cookies were...dangerous. we cannot stop eating them. I told my husband that I will make them again at Christmas! And give a lot away! Delicious! Thanks.

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  22. I gave the recipe a try - the cookies were delicious! Thanks so much. :)


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