Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
You just can't beat the delicate buttery texture of good shortbread cookies. In fact, I'm often tempted to think EVERY cookie should start as a shortbread cookie! Add caramel or chocolate-hazelnut, top them with sea salt...and you have something utterly addictive, a swear-worthy cookie!
- 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 lb.)
- 1 1⁄3 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 13 ounces dulce de leche (carmel)
- 13 ounces nutella
- course sea salt (for sprinkling)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Scrape the bowl with a spatula. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour a little at a time, until it is just combined.
- Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 oz. balls—about 1 ½ tablespoons. Place them on the cookie sheets and make a deep indention in each cookie, with your thumb. Press any cracks back into place.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes. It will look like the craters have disappeared, but when the cookies cool, they’ll be back!
- Scoop the Dulce de Leche into a quart-size freezer bag. Microwave it for 30-60 seconds until thin, like melted peanut butter. The bag may be hot, so wrap it in a small towel. Snip a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze about 1 ½ teaspoons of caramel into the centers of 24 cookies. Tap the cookies gently to help the caramel fill in the entire indention.
- While the caramel is still a little tacky, sprinkle each cookie with course sea salt. Repeat this process with melted Nutella and the remaining 24 cookies.
- Allow the Dulce de Leche and Nutella to cool for a little while before serving, so the centers can set.
- *You could put them in the refrigerator to speed this up!
These are amazing! I couldn't find dulce de leche at my grocery store so I had to make my own. The saltiness and sweetness combined are perfect on the cookie that's not too sweet!