Thumbprint Cookies Two Ways (Churros & Dulce de Leche, and Butter & Jam)

I was trying to think of a good cookie to bring to our friends’ Cinco de Mayo dinner party last night, and thought of my favorite Mexican dessert, churros! These thumbprint cookies are NOT churros, let’s just get that out there for the churros police. They just incorporate the delicious flavors of churros, cinnamon sugar, and dulce de leche.

The base for my recipe came from the delicious Food Network Butter and Jam Thumbprints recipe. I make butter and jam thumbprint cookies every couple of years for Christmas. They are so delicious. If you make the butter and jam thumbprint recipe, use my modifications, which make it even better (see that recipe at the bottom of this post).

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Churros thumbprint cookies with dulce de leche

Churros Thumbprint Cookies

(makes 24 – 36 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 can Dulce de Leche (I use Nestle La Lechera brand)

Rolling ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • In stand mixer bowl whip the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients in 2 additions, mixing until just incorporated.
  • Scoop the dough using a 100 size cookie scoop (also called a teaspoon size), make the scoops level for 36 cookies, rounded for 24 cookies. Touching the dough as little as possible (to avoid melting the butter in the dough further), roll dough scoops in cinnamon sugar, place on baking sheet, and use a 1/2 tsp measure to press the indentations into the dough.
  • Bake cookies for 8 minutes and then quickly take them out of the oven, and fill indentations with dulce de leche (I put the dulce into a sandwich size ziplock bag, cut the tip off, and use that to pipe the dulce into the indentations. Much cleaner!) Pop the trays back into oven (rotated) for another 7 minutes until the edges are golden.
  • Rest the baking sheets on cooling racks and quickly sprinkle each cookie with a tiny pinch of kosher salt (yum salted caramel). Cool cookies on the baking sheets. Cookies can be sotred in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days. To keep cookies moist, pop a slice of apple into the container.
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Butter and Jam Thumbprint cookies

Butter and Jam Thumbprints

(makes 24 – 36 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup raspberry jam

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • In stand mixer bowl whip the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients in 2 additions, mixing until just incorporated.
  • Scoop the dough using a 100 size cookie scoop (also called a teaspoon size), make the scoops level for 36 cookies, rounded for 24 cookies. Place scoops on lined baking sheet, and use a 1/2 tsp measure to press the indentations into the dough. fill each indentation with 3/4 to 1 tsp jam.
  • Bake cookies for 8 minutes then rotate trays and switch shelves for even baking, then bake for another 7 minutes until the edges are golden.
  • Rest the baking sheets on cooling racks. Cookies can be stored in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days. To keep cookies moist, pop a slice of apple into the container.
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One thought on “Thumbprint Cookies Two Ways (Churros & Dulce de Leche, and Butter & Jam)

  1. Yum! What a great idea! Your thumb print cookies were delicious! But churros are do scrumptious, aiding that cinnamon sugar flavor makes them even more heavenly!

    Glad you shared the other recipes too. Your cinnamon bread was to die for. And the lemon loaf is on my list to try! Ily Mom

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