Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprints with Dulce De Leche (And Pistachios!)*

A friend of mine made a comment about these cookies that has stuck with me…and while I am sitting here trying to write this blog post, it is all I can think of. These cookies are the cookie equivalent of Kanye West. They have a lot going on, are pompous, and more then one would be way too much. But just like Kanye West, they are so good that you are ok with all the other stuff. We all know that Kanye is a huge d-bag. It’s just a fact. But he actually has the goods to back it up. I mean, hello, every time I hear Heartless I can’t help but turn up the radio. And Stronger is one of my most played songs on my iPhone.

And these cookies are the same as Kanye. I know they will be one of my most made cookies. The flavors themselves are all over the top…Chocolate Shortbread? Dulce De Leche? And Pistachios? It’s all too much…but really when you get it all together it is amazing! At the very least, these are one of those combos that you just have to try to say you have. I loved them when you ate all of the flavors together, so make sure and put enough Dulce De Leche in there!



Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprints with Dulce De Leche (And Pistachios!)


2 cups flour
1/2 cup good cocoa powder
1 cup powdered
18 tablespoons butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Some chopped pistachios
Dulce de leche (sold by the condensed milk)


Preheat oven to 300 F.

Cream butter in an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla. On low speed add flour and cocoa powder 1/2 cup at a time and mix until the dough comes together. You might want to take it off the machine and finish the mixing with your hands.

Roll dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. Press the ball of dough into a thick-ish disc and coat the sides of the disc with pistachios. Lay on a cookie tray covered with parchment paper and make a thumbprint in the center using your thumb/finger. Bake for 13-17 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.

Remove from oven and moving quickly either use the end of a wooden spoon or your thumb to press down into the depression again (the depression would have puffed up a little while baking). Let cool completely and then fill with dulce de leche just before (or a few hours) before serving.

Idea from: Cherry On A Cake

Shortbread recipe adapted from: Oven Haven

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15 Responses to “Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprints with Dulce De Leche (And Pistachios!)”

  1. 1

    ErinsFoodFiles — July 12, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    Girl… These are TOO MUCH! They are magazine ready! YOU ROCK!

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    tigerfish — July 12, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Too pretty to eat!

  3. 3

    The Nifty Foodie — July 12, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    OMG…it’s like a modified Snickers in a cookie. Totally awesome!

  4. 4

    Suzy — July 12, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    You had my at pistachios!

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    Suzy — July 12, 2010 @ 12:52 pm had ME…’s SO a Monday!

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    Cookbook Queen — July 12, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I’m gonna let you finish but I just had to say that Beyonce made the best cookies of all time!!
    Okay, not really. I just had to make this a true Kanye blog post. Cookies look to die for and your pictures are gorgeous!!

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    Nicole — July 12, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    The color combo of the chocolate cookie with pretty green pistachio is just beautiful. Kanye wishes he could compete with these cookies.

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    Sharlene — July 13, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Wow! Gorgeous cookies and such a wonderful sounding flavor profile. Chocolate and dulce de leche and pistachios? Sign me up, please!

  9. 9

    Lindsey — July 13, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    I just made these after i saw them on tastespotting, and they are DELICIOUS! I highly recommend these and so simple to make :)

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    The Internet Cooking Princess — July 14, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    I just died. These are amazing.

    And truer words have never been spoken. Kanye is indeed the most necessary d-bag on the planet.

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    Three Baking Sheets — July 14, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Cream it, beat it, stir it, makes these
    richer, better, chocolatier, yummier

    These look foine.

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    Susan — December 3, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    I just made these….and I must have done something wrong. They are yummy but quite dry–any ideas? Thanks! Yours looks perfect!!

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    Veronica @ Café con Leche — September 6, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    where is the recipe for these?! they look amazing!!!!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

      Eek! Sorry Veronica! When I had a new design done a while back some recipes got messed up…and I guess this one got skipped! It’s there now 😉

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    Rob — December 23, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    re: dryness

    Shortbread cookies aren’t exactly moist cookies to begin with, but if they are still too dry you may have failed to properly soften your butter (enough).

    Highly recommend cutting in the flour/cocoa by hand, the texture comes out best that way.

    Also, this recipe is an excellent chocolate shortbread base for other cookies. I made an easy modification where I rolled the cookie balls in gran. sugar, flattened them w/a glass, then made thumbprints which I filled with raspberry pastry filling (ex. Solo). Adds a couple mins. to baking time.

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