This is my last one. I promise.
But it’s so tempting this time of the year to do all the decadent things. Lots of chocolate, lots of wine. Right? Tomorrow we die(t)!
The inspiration for the recipe comes from my friend Fred. He is an amazing baker. Pies are his specialty. For Christmas, he gave me a jar of dulce de leche. Now, as much as I love that caramel treat, it’s not something I normally buy or keep in the house (which is why it makes such a great gift). And it’s really not something I usually make. It’s a complicated procedure that involves boiling an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk, and quite frankly, the thought of making it scares the crap out of me.
We had it on some crepes with some sauteed apples when I had the gals over for brunch, and it was fiiiiine.
But I still had the better part of a jar leftover, and I began brainstorming ideas about what to do with the leftovers. And then it hit me! Nutella! Wouldn’t Nutella and dulce de leche be the perfect pair? And for Valentine’s Day, what could be better than a whoopie pie?
These are pretty freaking awesome, let me tell you.
Nutella and Dulce de Leche Whoopie Pies
For the cookies:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/3 cup Nutella (plus maybe a little more)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups AP flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the filling:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup dulce de leche (warm it a little to make it easier to pour)
- 2 cups icing sugar (plus extra if needed)
- 1 tbsp whipping cream or evaporated milk (lower fat option)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
To make the cookies:
In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Cream well. Add egg and vanilla and cream some more.
Mix together the dry ingredients and sift the cocoa powder so there’s no lumps. Then add the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until incorporated.
Roll the cookies into 1 1/2″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on wire racks.
To make the icing:
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter with the dulce de leche.
Add the icing sugar and mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Mix again. Now, slowly add a little of the cream at at time, until the icing becomes smooth, and the right consistency for spreading. If it’s too runny, add more icing sugar.
To make the whoopie pies:
Place one cookie face down on your work surface. Drop a blob of about 1-2 tbsp of icing on top of it, and then spread it out. Drizzle a little more dulce de leche on top. Top with another cookie to make a sandwich.