Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

Last year around this time I showed you guys how to make Dulce de Leche in the oven. Well guess what? I have an even easier method!!!! Stick some condensed milk in the crock pot, cover it with water (more detailed instructions below), turn it on low, and in 8 hours you will have a creamy, delicious caramel sauce perfect for everything!

Dulce De Leche Swirled Cookie Bars

Considering I actually made 5 cans of the Dulce de leche, I had to quickly find recipes before I ate each jar clean. Cookie bars were the answer.

Crock Pot Dulce de Leche

Even though I have tried to convince you that this is the best cookie recipe, it still requires at least a 2 day waiting period before consuming warm, gooey cookies. This recipe, however, results in a nutty (from the brown butter), chewy and perfect cookie with no rest time. Bliss in less than 30 minutes…sold! Do as I did and add a double layer of Dulce de Leche and some sea salt for a decadent dessert.

Perfect Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars


Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars


    Easy Dulce de Leche
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Cooks Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 ¾ c unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • 14 T unsalted butter
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 t table salt
  • 3 t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ¼ c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ c of chopped nuts


    Easy Dulce de Leche
  1. You can do this two ways. Either remove the paper from around the can, or open the can and pour the sweetened condensed milk into a canning jar (ie a 8oz Ball jar) and close tightly.
  2. Place jar or can in crock pot and fill with water about 1 inch above the can or jar.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours. Jar or can may look a bit rusty, but it is ok.
  4. Remove can from crock pot when finished and carefully open with can opener.
  5. If cooked in can, and not used right away store in a reusable container, covered and refrigerated. Will keep up to 1 week.
  6. Cooks Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt butter until browned.
  9. It takes about 5 minutes for butter to begin to smell nutty and start to brown, but watch carefully because it goes from perfectly browned to burned very fast.
  10. Once browned, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Add browned butter and sugars to the bowl of a mixer and mix until combined.
  12. Add eggs and yolks one at a time then add the vanilla.
  13. Turn mixer off and add all of your dry ingredients to the bowl.
  14. Once you have measured and added the flour, soda and salt, turn the mixer on low and mix until everything has been incorporated.
  15. Turn mixer off and mix in chocolate chips and nuts with wooden spoon.
  16. Dulce de Leche Cookies
  17. Grease a 9x13 in pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  18. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/2 cup of dulce de leche over the dough.
  19. Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the top of the ducle de leche.
  20. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  21. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Dulce de Leche Cookies


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21 Responses to Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

  1. samanthahillman1 February 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Oh my goodness is this a joke? These look incredible!

  2. bakearama February 19, 2013 at 5:52 am #


  3. Ruta February 22, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    My mouth is watering. I’m not even kidding. These look so so so delicious. I want them NOW, although I’m not sure my body would exactly thank me.

  4. huntfortheverybest February 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    i love bar cookie recipes and this one looks great.

  5. Britney Boyer (@BakingwBritney) February 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Love the recipe! I have a jar of dulce de leche sitting in my kitchen right now waiting for some just like this.

  6. Risa Golding March 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I have heard of boiling it on the stovetop in the cans but never in the crockpot. I have to try that. I adore dulce de leche.

  7. Kay July 23, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    There is an easier way of making the dulce de leche, 40 min on a pressure cooker ive been doing it all my life. Dont worry its safe n much quicker!

  8. Jazz October 20, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    For the cookie part, does it have to be butter? Or would margarine squares give the same result? Thanks!

  9. normadesmond November 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    didn’t work. didn’t cook. layers are just a raw-like mess.

    • theseasidebaker November 26, 2013 at 6:25 am #

      AW man I am sorry. Please let me know if you would like to troubleshoot it.

  10. normadesmond December 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    well, i ended up putting the cooled pan back into the oven for another 30 minutes & everyone at work demanded i make them again, so i’m back.


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