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Chocolate dulce de leche empanadas (cookies)

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Empanadas (Cookies)

These empanadas are tender and not overly sweet. Great with a cup of coffee.

Course Christmas cookies
Cuisine South America
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 126 kcal
Author adapted from Better homes and gardens


  • 1/2 cup butter softened (113.4g)
  • 85 gr. / 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (187.5g)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (39.33g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee or 1 teaspoon coffee extract, if desired
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (281.25g)
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • Water
  • 113 g / 4 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  1. In a large bowl beat on medium speed the butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla and instant coffee until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour. Divide dough in half. Chill dough for about 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 190.5°C / 375°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time until about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 3-inch fluted or plain round cookie cutter, cut out, dough. Place circles on the prepared cookie sheets. Place 1 teaspoon of dulce de leche in the center of each circle. Lightly brush edges of circles with water. Fold each circle in half; gently press edges to seal.
  3. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and shortening. Melt for a minute and a half, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. Spoon chocolate mixture into a heavy resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner off the bag; drizzle chocolate over cookies. Let stand until chocolate sets.

Recipe Notes

To Store: Layer cookies between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze undecorated cookies for up to 3 months; thaw cookies, drizzle with chocolate, and let stand.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Dulce de Leche Empanadas (Cookies)
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.