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Dulce de leche is a thick, rich, decadent caramel that folks in Latin America have been enjoying since sometime in the 1800s. Thank you Latin America, we owe you a debt of gratitude.
Today I’m sharing several ways that I like to use this amazing ingredient AND a recipe for one of my family’s favorites!
You can find cans of dulce de leche in two places in your grocery. Sometimes it is next to cans of sweetened condensed milk. Other times it is in the Hispanic foods section.
The first time I used dulce de leche was in yummy sandwich cookies called Alfajores.
I love themed entertaining. And every few months, I host a Girls Movie Night at my house for my nieces and some of the younger ladies at my church. I try to pick films they haven’t seen.
We try to theme our snacks to the movie, so when we watched Evita, Argentinian Alfajores caught my eye. I saw many variations, but at its simplest, it’s dulce de leche sandwiched between small sugar cookies.
More Dulce de Leche
After going head over heels for the cookies, I was on the lookout for more ways to use my new favorite ingredient.
Dropping blobs on top of your favorite brownie batter and giving a little swirl is delicious.
Adding it to homemade ice cream? Decadent!
But my (maybe, I haven’t decided) favorite way to bake with Dulce de Leche is in this oatmeal cookie bar I found over at Crazy for Crust.
I have some in my home who don’t think they like oatmeal, so when a recipe calls for oats, I frequently give it a little grind in my blender/food processor to make oat flour. I have made this recipe both ways – with straight oats and with oat flour – and everyone enjoys them both ways. The straight oats version does have a bit more ‘oaty’ texture, as you’d imagine, although using quick-cooking oats minimizes that.
These are “hide them from the kids” good. They are “we cut and ration how many each person gets” good. They are “I actually close my eyes to savor how good these are” good. ==> And they are SO EASY!
Have you tried Dulce de Leche?
This recipe, like all my recipes, is shared in the Meal Plan Monday link up. You can find the link in my sidebar – or right here!