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Cafe de Leche snickerdoodles

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This is my recipe for Café du Leche Snicker doodles.
I got onto the Dulce de Leche bandwagon a little late but I'm catching up for lost time.  There are variations of how Dulce de Leche is made, here I’m focusing on the home style method where a can of condensed sweetened milk is boiled for a period of time until carmelization and the Maillard reaction has occurred in the can.  The resulting life changing caramel is then stuffed into Snicker Doodle dough and rolled in a sugar/espresso mixture where upon hitting the oven it develops a candy crust.  You have to try this recipe, aside from long cooking time of the Dulce de Leche you can whip this recipe up and have a tray of them cooking in the oven in under 15 minutes.  You could always cheat and buy a commercially made bottle of Dulce de Leche if low on time.  The classic Snicker Doodle is rolled in a cinnamon sugar mix that also tastes good with this recipe, but the espresso really ramps up the flavours.  If you have little ones who may not be keen on the caffeine jolt, roll a couple in cinnamon sugar for them.

Please make sure to vote for me if you like this recipe, or at least rank me or leave a comment.  This lets me know how I'm doing, Thanks, Iminthebathroom
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Stuff you need
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, yes SALTED
  • Seeds from 1 split vanilla bean
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon of super finely ground espresso, plus more if needed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can of prepared Dulce de Leche, recipe to follow
  • Parchment paper or a silpad
  • Cookie sheet
  • Mixing bowls, whisk or electric beater and other kitchen stuff like an oven preheated to 400 degrees
I made the first step, Dolche de Leche, with amazing results! I cooked mine overnight, using a method that I had seen some time ago but couldn't find again, so using your direction I experimented! I used the kettle to boil water, placed the can of milk in the crock pot, 2 qt size, and filled the pot until it was near the top. I figured if the point was to simmer why not use a product designed to do just that?!
12 ~ish hours resulted in an awesome product but way thicker than I had hoped, perhaps I will only cook it for half that time next time so it is thin enough to be used in a squeeze bottle; for making salted caramel lattes!

Thanks again. The Snickerdoodles look amazing but thanks to an egg allergy in our house, I don't get to make desert items with eggs. God, I miss cheese cake!
iminthebathroom (author)  snake_eyes21 year ago
Awesome, yeah if you cook it that long it thickens like crazy, still tastes greta though
Tinker L2 years ago
These sound amazing! I'm going to surprise my husband, the wannabe King of Snickerdoodles with this variation. Question - above, you say 14 hours. On the first page you say 4 and that 12 is too long. I'm guessing the one snuck in there while you were having a cookie, but wanted to check since I've never done this before.
iminthebathroom (author)  Tinker L2 years ago
i'll have to re-read my instructable, but 12-14 hours for a thick enough caramel that you can you spoon is ideal! 6-8 hours i find isn't long enough, it will be more tan colour and too runny. Comment by katydid1 below does list some quicker methods, but as your not really doing much to make the caramel, I'll stick with the boiling method. They are very tasty, the other day we made them with some caramelized apple thrown into the filling, yowsa!
katydid12 years ago
Also, if you are really worried about that shrapnel thing, the people who make the original famous sweetened condensed milk have the following recommendations:
CARAMELIZATION METHODS
OVEN METHOD: Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk into 9-inch pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil; place in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with hot water. Bake at 425°F for 1 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel-colored. Beat until smooth.
STOVETOP METHOD: Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk, into top of double boiler; place over boiling water. Over low heat, simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel-colored. Beat until smooth.
MICROWAVE METHOD: Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk into 2-quart glass measure. Cook on 50% power (medium) 4 minutes, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cook on 30% power (medium-low) 12 to 18 minutes or until very thick and caramel-colored, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth.
CAUTION: NEVER HEAT UNOPENED CAN.
iminthebathroom (author)  katydid12 years ago
To be honest, I'm really worried, but others may be. Looking into the history of this sort of thing actually happening seems to be more myth best. Of course heating any can for any duration of time will cause it to burst. Explode? not really. Here is one excerpt Here is the science, chemistry, physics of boil in a can:

The condensed sweetened milk boils at much higher temperature than plain water, because of all the dissolved sugar and milk solids. So the pressure inside the can even if you boil it hard will be less than atmospheric pressure. Therefore the can will no way burst or even swell.

If you let the water boil away and the can is heated on the fire, of course eventually it will explode; you don’t want to do that!

The myth that the can explodes and the alleged need to open the can and heat it in a pan or whatever was probably created by lawyers working for condensed milk companies. Have no fear.

This topic has been discussed much elsewhere, and I have made the stuff often. I like to boil it about 4 hours to get a thick and fully flavored product. One test showed 12 hours is just too much.

You can also make this by adding some baking soda, which makes the Malliard reaction go quicker. Some say using fresh milk, sugar and baking soda makes a better product. I say plain old condensed milk boiled in the can is inexpensive, easy, and tasty!
Was it Ben Franklin or Shakespeare who said, "First thing we do is kill all the lawyers."?
katydid12 years ago
You cook like I do, sneaking a bite of the caramel, putting too many on the sheet, etc. It's nice to read a recipe by a kindred spirit.
The cookies look fantastic, but I'm mostly here for the dance interlude. :D
iminthebathroom (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks, whats an instructable without a good dance off in the middle!
So delicious! I have to try these cookies!
They are, so much so my wife had a couple for breakfast this morning! First words were, are there any more of those cookies from last night?
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