Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookie Sandwiches & Secret Giveaway Winners

As the title of these cookie states, these really are the BEST oatmeal cookies I've ever had. They do not need, the addition of raisins or craisins or chocolate chips. They are delicious as they are. They are perfectly sweet and crisp around the edges, but a slight chew towards the center. They may look plain but they are anything but.

I made these a couple months back and I filled them with homemade dulce de leche. My mom used to make dulce de leche when we were kids. I used to think it was magic because she'd boil a can of sweetened condensed milk and a couple hours later it was something completely and totally different. And better!

There are a few ways to make dulce de leche. You can make it in the oven, you can make it in the crock pot and you can make in on the stove top. I chose the stove top because that's how my mom made it. And for those of you that don't know, dulce de leche is sweetened milk that has been slowly cooked til thick and golden. The longer you cook it the thicker it is. If you prefer a thinner sauce like consistency, cook it less.

The combination of these two sweets was way over the top albeit luscious. I suggest if you plan on making sandwich cookies with the dulce de leche, then decrease the amount of sugar in the cookies. The cookies themselves would be a great addition to any cookie tray this holiday. They really are the best.

Best Oatmeal Cookies from Thineault's Table

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth then add vanilla.

Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture then add rolled oats. Roll into small balls (about the size of large gumballs or the size of a quarter) and flatten with glass dipped in sugar.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Cookie should not get brown. Cool on wire rack.

NOTE: Original recipe said to make balls the size of golf balls. The first batch I baked were this size and they spread out and flattened into huge 5 inch cookies. The next few batches I cut in half and they made the perfect size.

Dulce De Leche
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Remove the label from your can and place the unopened can in a large pot and fill with water making sure to completely submerge the can.

Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-4 hours depending on how dark and thick you want it. I boiled mine for 3 hours.

Turn the heat off and allow it to cool in the water until it's safe to handle. Allow can to cool completely cool before using.

NOTE: This is IMPORTANT- Make sure that the can is constantly submerged in water. You don't want the can to boil in the pot without being covered as it can cause stress points on the can and possibly explode. This has never happened to me or anyone I know, but I thought I'd put it out there. Just make sure the can stays under water at all times and you'll be fine.

Now onto the winners of my surprise giveaway........

Congrats ladies! Email your addresses and I'll get these out to you as soon as possible.

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I think I may have lost my mind, but I plan on posting 6 days of Christmas morning breakfasts, starting tomorrow! So come on back ya hear!

34 comments:

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Congrats to your winners! Those leaves you created with those cookies are Beautiful! Well done and Bravo, you!

Memória said...

drooool. Those cookies look perfect. I love the shot of the dulce de leche being poured onto the cookie. Wow.

Donna-FFW said...

Heaven sent cookie ...perfection Monica.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

They really do look like the best oatmeal cookies!

Lissaloo said...

That is so Awesome Thank You!
The cookies look wonderful, I love oatmeal cookies. And I am really looking forward to the breakfast ideas :)

Future Grown-Up said...

Totally yummy looking...can hardly wait to try them.

cookies and cups said...

I love dulce de leche too much, but have never made it. I didn't realize it was this easy ~ uh oh! I have a can of sweetened condensed that is starting at me right now!
Oh and I would love to see the pics of those villages, definitely! and I asked my post lady about the simpsons stamps and she said it was "impossible". I was like, look lady, it happened. so weird :)

JK said...

Wow, I've really missed a ton of stuff being gone so long!

Congrats to Lissaloo & Michelle!
~ingrid

Karine said...

Congrats to the winners of the giveaway!

Dulce de leche is amazing and what great cookies you have!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well, I didn't win...but I'm happy for the winners! I remember the first time I made this by simmering the Eagle Brand for several hours. I couldn't believe how it turned out! Yummy!

Sue

New England Girl said...

Those cookies look absolutely delicious... yummy!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Oh yum! I love the addition of a dulce de leche middle!

Smitten Sugar said...

Congrats to the winners! These cookies look great, I love dulce de leche. How clever to put between cookies!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Lucky winners! Monica, I had to pause at the beautiful shot of the Dulce de leche being poured on. Gorgeous! I start vacation tonight, so I intend to get busy with posting and baking.

xoxo

Debbie said...

Monica - that looks like the perfect cookie!!!!! Just lovely and I'd love a few right now!

Litvixen said...

Wow. Those look delicious! At least you won't have to make too many if they are really rich, one should do the trick. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite!

Gretchen said...

These look delicious! I wish I could leave work right now to try them!

Adele said...

Those look absolutely decadent! Yum!!

Jana said...

These cookies look amazingly delish. I love your photography.

Gabe's Girl said...

I just LOVE your site!

oneordinaryday said...

Total yum, but I would have to sprinkle some sea salt on top of those cookies. : )

Yea! I won the giveaway? So exciting!!

Mara... said...

Those look fabulous! My son would die for these, he's not a big chocolate dessert kid but he loooooooves oatmeal cookies.

Rainy Day Farm said...

Those look so good. I have never heard of boiling the milk like that. Super fun!

Memória said...

I just made these and have another batch baking in the oven. These truly are the best oatmeal cookies I've ever had. I added raisins in them just because I wanted some, but I now understand what you mean when you said they don't need any other additions to be fantastic. Even my mom didn't complain about the lack of nuts; she considers nuts to be a requisite add-in. I hope to be blogging about these cookies in a few days. Thanks for posting this recipe! It will now be my go-to for oatmeal (raisin) cookies.

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oatmeal cookies and dulce de leche? WOW! This looks really fantastic.

Heather said...

Thanks for the tips on making homemade dulce de leche!

http://www.heatherskitchenconcoctions.com/

OvenDelights said...

Monica, your pics always turn out great! Do you mind sharing with us the kind of camera you have?

Julie said...

Very nice indeed. Congrats to the winners!

Tina said...

Oh those look delicious! I'm going to have to make some tomorrow.

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, I just made oatmeal cookies and wish I would have seen this post earlier! The little sandwiches look so decadent and delicious!

Thibeault's Table said...

You have taken my favourite oatmeal cookie to a new level. What a great idea to sandwich with Dulce de Leche. Your photos are wonderful.

girlichef said...

These look so fabulous!! And dulce de leche is like the most amazing thing evahhhh!! Seriously mouthwatering :D

Karen said...

Making the cookies now! How do I store any leftover duche de leche -- does it have to be refrigerated? Thanks! We're having your Fastest Ever Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning!

Trouble.Thinks said...

YUMMY! I just made these and they are the best oatmeal cookies ever! I didn't make the dulce de leche this time, but will definitely be trying that too! Thanks! Happy Baking.

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