Dulce De Leche Espresso Bean Cookies and a KitchenAid Giveaway!

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This is my biggest giveaway yet… but we’ll get to that later. :)

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Today, I’m coming at you with not one, but TWO recipes in a post! I never really ate any dulce de leche until I started dating my DF. His grandma makes it from scratch and puts it into her alfajores (another dessert I never ate until my DF) or serves it with her homemade flan. I can’t compete with her kitchen skills, but I found an easy way to make dulce de leche at home when I can’t get homemade sweets from Abuela.

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All you need is some Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk and a crockpot! It’s that simple. You can have freshly made dulce de leche at home with a touch of a button.

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I then took the finished dulce de leche and mixed them into my cookie dough with dark chocolate covered espresso beans to create this cookie.

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As if that wasn’t enough, I drizzled some more dulce de leche on top because you can never have enough of that stuff. Seriously. I love eating it with everything: with bread, in my coffee, on ice cream, by the spoonful…

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With my DF’s family, it’s almost guaranteed that we have dulce de leche at every big family gathering (he’s Argentinian) and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. With my family, the only dessert that we ever had for the holidays was a bûche de Noël cake. My mom lived in Paris for a couple of years and the Vietnamese culture was heavily influenced by the French… or maybe my parents just only liked bûche de Noël cakes.

Is there a particular dessert that you always have around the holidays?

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These cookies are extremely soft and full of dulce de leche flavor. The dark chocolate covered espresso beans give it a nice crunch and balance the sweet flavor with a bitter touch.

Dulce De Leche

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (you can do more at a time if you want)

Directions

  1. Take the labels off of your cans. Place your can in the slow cooker laying down on its side.
  2. Pour hot water in the slow cooker, making sure to have at least an inch of water above the can.
  3. Place lid back on and cook on slow for 8-10 hours. Do NOT open the top at any time during cooking!
  4. Once done, carefully remove the can with tongs and place in cold water. Wait until the can has cooled completely before opening, to prevent any injuries.
  5. For a firmer dulce de leche, cook for the whole 10 hours. If you like yours a little runnier (like mine), 8 hours will do.
http://lovintheoven.com/2013/11/dulce-de-leche-espresso-bean-cookies.html

Dulce De Leche Espresso Bean Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate espresso beans, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream together the butter, dulce de leche, and both sugar.
  3. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until just combined.
  5. Mix in the chopped dark chocolate espresso beans.
  6. Drop onto baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
http://lovintheoven.com/2013/11/dulce-de-leche-espresso-bean-cookies.html

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. THE BIGGEST GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG SO FAR!

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I’m giving away a BRAND NEW 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk! There are a couple of ways to enter, as shown. The easiest way? Keep voting for my Macaroni and Cheese once a day and you’ll get two entries a day until the contest is over! This contest ends at 12AM on December 2nd, so good luck!!

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  1. says

    Probably sneaking bites of cookie dough while baking with my Grandmom! we would each be in charge of a dough, and made about five different kinds each. And they all wondered why there were so few chocolate chip cookies!

  2. Tamara Daviston says

    My favorite holiday baking memory is when I had my nieces and daughter and we tried to make oreo cookie balls and they turned out so nasty but the fun and time spent together was priceless. They are 18+ now so they don’t have much time to do this with me anymore. :)

  3. Janet Morrissey says

    Going to my grandmother’s house. They’d send all of us kids out to rake the leaves while our parents helped grandma finish everything. Then we’d have the best turkey ever and her homemade mincemeat pie. We were also allowed a tiny glass of out choice of Port or cream sherry with our dessert.

  4. Ashley stites says

    Family baking at my great-grandparents farm in Texas. We’d be out gathering pecans from the trees and come in for cookie time. the house on the farm always smelled SO good

  5. Ashley k says

    my favorite baking memory has little to do with eating – it was actually making the baked ornaments we put on the tree. we used a simple flour/water/salt recipe to make the dough, then shaped it and cut it out and painted it. those were some of my favorite moments with my mother and grandmother, and i’m really looking forward to repeating that with my children (when I have them!).

  6. Sarinah Van Syoc says

    my favorite holiday memory has to be making rice krispy christmas trees and wreaths with my mom for all our friends.

  7. Heidi Darling says

    Oh yeah I was supposed to leave my favorite holiday memories…
    Yorkshire pudding at my Grammie and Papa’ house!

  8. brittany says

    Making ginger bread house with my oldest son. We’re gonna make eggnog this year! my son loves to cook, just like his momma :)

  9. Brooke Robichaud says

    I love decorating ginger bread houses with my cousins every year. It has been a tradition for over 10 years and it is still so fun.

  10. says

    Decorating cookies for Santa with my daughter and mom. I took pics while they decorated and my mom wasn’t fast enough to 1. Keep the frosting from going in my daughters mouth before it reached the cookie and 2. Get the decorated cookie on Santa’s plate before my daughter put them in her mouth.

  11. says

    My favorite holiday memory was making Buñuelos with my mom and grandma. My brother and dad weren’t allowed to help to make the quality girl time extra special. Buñuelos are a classic mexican fried tortilla, rolled in cinnamon and sugar – kinda like a churro but not as dense. It’s light and airy so you can have more without feeling bad. The best!

  12. courtney says

    a few days before christmas, We always homemade bread and jam and take them with us as we carol around the neighborhood. That was a rare thing to see in our part of town and we usually scared people the first time we’d visit their house. one of those neighbors talks about my mom’s bread and jam all year long and always asks us if we’re going to come back next Christmas. we end the night with hot chocolate and a christmas movie.

  13. Delia sadler says

    I must say that anyone savvy enough to use colman’s dry mustard powder is a wonderful cook!! I make my mom’s homemade mustard every year for Christmas gifts and only use coleman’s. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes.
    And, yes, I’d love to win the mixer!! My 30 year old kitchen aid still works but would love to use the new one!!!

  14. Rachel roberts says

    My mom used to bake for Christmas every year when I was young. Candy cane cookies, thumbprints, spritz cookies, snowballs. I loved baking with her, she doesn’t bake much anymore so I’ve started my own Christmas baking tradition with my 3 year old. would love to win the mixer to use this year!

  15. Emma says

    Baking my very first Christmas cake last year for my family! My first experience of the smell of dried fruits soaking in brandy. Mm, so good.

  16. says

    im chinese so i never had those heart warming baking moments with my mom or grandma. but i would say my favourite holiday baking moment was two years ago when my friend and i baked as many christmasy things as we could in one day!

  17. Kaitlin Berris says

    Making sugar star cookies and decorating with light blue icing…the trick was putting different spices into the plain sugar cookie recipe!

  18. KAREN says

    mAKING MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS HOMEMADE RAVIOLI WITH MY KIDS, HUSBAND, BROTHER, MOM, DAD, UNCLE AND GRANDMOTHER. iT MAKES ABOUT 500 RAVIOLIS AND TAKES ALL DAY. yUM!

  19. says

    1) Baking a chocolate mousse cake for my husbands grandmother (who’s birthday is on Christmas) while singing and dancing to Michael buble with my mother in law and husband.
    2) Making sugar cookies and writing what we were thankful for on them with edible markers and guessing who wrote what.

  20. Kathy Harding says

    My favorite holiday memory is helping my mom make the dressing for Thanksgiving. I was in charge of toasting the bread and cutting it into cubes. I looked forward to it every year!

  21. Stephanie says

    my fav holiday baking moment is something that happens every year, just in the kitchen with my mom and sister, laughing and dancing to music

  22. Misty says

    my favorite holiday baking memory that still happens every year is cookie making night about a week before Christmas with my in-laws

  23. Chelsea says

    Baking a TON of sugar cookies with my mom and decorating them all with bright frosting, sprinkles, red hots, etc. while watching A CHarlie Brown christmas :) This year, she’s coming to visit me for the holidays and we’ll do the same thing. I can’t wait!

  24. Terri c says

    Baking sugar cookies with my grandma, when I got a little older she taught me how to make cinnamon rolls. Treasure those memories.

  25. Sam says

    My family makes spritz cookies every year for the holidays, and one year when my brother and I were quite young we lost power in the midst of our decorating! my brother and i got a kick out of trying to apply sprinkles by the pitiful light coming from our flashlights.

  26. Melissa Mazzur says

    My favorite memory was making cookies with my grandma. She was my favorite person and I have so many cooking memories!

  27. jeri says

    My favorite baking experience was a “computer” cake I made for a friend’s promotion party. It wasn’t a national holiday, but it was a very festive occasion, so I figure it counts.

  28. Rachel m. says

    Favorite memory ~ Making sugar cookies with my 3 kids and watching them make a huge mess decorating them!! Miss those days!

  29. claire says

    My favorite holiday baking memory is getting to help mom in the kitchen. it was always a special time, the magic of the season in the air, getting to make fun, colorful treats. I was always so proud when I got to stand on the chair and help mom measure the flour or whisk the eggs. and of course, getting to lick the bowl at the end of it all sweetened the deal, too!

  30. Alison says

    My favorite memories are of eating the cookies dough and my grandma telling me I was going to get worms from eating it!

  31. Julia d says

    My favorite baking memory was making cookies with my mom. She isn’t really into baking, but every year for the holidays we bake a ton of cookies, and give them out to the neighbors.

  32. Cindy aiton says

    My favorite baking memory was being able to track down the cake recipe my mister’s grandmother made every year for Christmas.

  33. Alexandra.Dg@live.nl says

    My favourite baking memory, just making a simple apple cake with my mom and my little brother. Less is more :p

    btw, can I win when i live in Belgium :p

  34. Steph l. says

    My sis once went to a party and raved about some kind of pumpkin dessert. I figured out it was pumpkin gooey bars and have been making it at thanksgiving every year since then.

  35. Pamela J Lafoe says

    Baking with the whole family of women folk talking and having such fun. I learned so much and enjoyed there company as equals not kids go play…

  36. Alice says

    My sister (the world’s biggest peanut butter fan) always makes peanut butter oatmeal cookies with Reese cups in the middle. i prefer to make my mom’s holiday standby…shortbread cookies with Andes mint chips inside! so easy, and so delicious!

  37. Margaret johns says

    When I was about 6 or 7 years old we decorated our Christmas tree with homemade rolled sugar cookies we made and decorated ourselves.

  38. Amy L says

    My favorite memory is baking cookies with my mom. She’s been gone for over 30 years, but when I bake her holiday recipes it seems like she’d here with me in my kitchen.

  39. BRIGID ROSE says

    i will alWAYS REMEMBER SITTING AT THE TABLE EVERY YEAR DILIGENTLY FROSTING SUGAR COOKIES WITH MY MOM AFTER THE REST OF MY SIBLINGS HAVE GROWN BORED. mY MOM DOES A TERRIBLE JOB AND GRUMBLES ABOUT HAVING TO DO THE REST, WHILE I COMPLAIN THAT NO ONE PUTS ANY EFFORT INTO THEIR COOKIES. MINE ALWAYS GET EATEN FIRST OF COURSE.

  40. Amy V says

    Baking cookies with my sisters and grandma, which sparked my desire to host an annual cookie exchange for all of my friends! Last year we had over 1,100 cookies on my dining room table!

  41. Elizabeth says

    I love sweetened condensed milk in my coffee. The first time I ever had that was in a Vietnamese restaurant, and it was wonderful.

  42. Esther says

    i’d be so so so happy to win this giveaway as I’m moving out from my parents house so i’ll literally will have to buy all my needed kitchen utensils. probably won’t be able to afford a kitchenaid or other half-way decent mixers myself for ages but well, a girl will have to bake, right?

  43. Barb B says

    My mom, sisters and I baked several kinds of cookies every year and we’d deliver them to neighbors and friends on Christmas eve.

  44. Toneria M says

    Moving back home after college and spending it with my nieces. I taught them how to bake and decorate sugar cookies. We had so much fun that we’ve turned it into a tradition that we now do every year. Gotta love family.

  45. Allison says

    My favourite holiday memory is making a huge batch of gingerbread men and decorating them with my little brother and sister. We all sit at the dinner table, with the lazy susan covered in cookies and sprinkles scattered everywhere!

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  47. Sharron Ekstrand says

    MY FAVORITE MEMORY IS MORE AS AN ADULT, MY MOM DIDN’T LIKE TO BAKE AS MUCH AS SHE ENJOYED THE CHALLENGE OF SAVORY DISHES. THREE KIDS OF MY OWN, WE LOVED BAKING, BUT THE MOST FUN WAS ACTUALLY buying THE GINGERBREAD HOUSES AND GATHERING OUR OWN CANDY, AND MAKING OUR ICING. PUTTING THREE DIFFERENT HOUSES TOGETHER AS WE nibbled LISTENING TO A CD OF OLDIES SONGS WAS THE ONLY TIME THEY ALL THREE ENJOYED BEING IN THE SAME ROOM TOGETHER FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES.

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