Are there three sweeter words than dulce de leche? Just the mention spikes a sugar rush and a frantic search for a spoon. This thick, caramel-like sauce, swirled or spread onto everything from cafe to toast, is consumed throughout all of Latin America and has many different names, manjar blanco, cajeta, arequipe.
With so many ways to enjoy dulce de leche, it's time to head into the kitchen and start making some. YTrust us, you'll want to slather dulce de leche on everything. So here, more than 20 sweet (and oh-so-sinful) recipes to quell the craving.
Its the holidays. You have to indulge! A rich dessert you will want to save room for, this Salted Dulce de Leche Pie with Chocolate Almond Crust is sweet, salty, and full of chocolate goodness.
Though this carrot cake makes a wonderful Easter dessert, it's great year-round. It's a warm spice cake mix mixed with pineapple, carrot, and walnuts and topped with a cream cheese frosting. The presentation is made even more beautiful by topping with toasted shredded coconut and filling the center of the cake with chocolate eggs!
And just when you thought you had tried every dulce de leche dessert... check out these fresh donuts! The donuts are fried until crisp on the ouside but tender on the inside then slathered with everyone's favorite topping, dulce de leche!, and sprinkled with tropical shredded coconut. The breakfast of champions.
These pumpkin donut eyes are are deliciously sweet and wonderfully kid friendly, with their petite portions. The donuts are flavored with pumpkin puree, stuffed with dulce de leche vanilla pudding, and drizzled with a tangy blood orange glaze. If you want to get the kiddos involved, set out icing pens and let them decorate during the party!
A twist on caramel corn, dulce de leche popcorn balls are super simple to make as well. Just whip up a batch of dulce de leche (or heat ready-made caramel) and pour over popcorn. Stir until each kernel is coated and get ready to shape into balls. (Don’t forget to butter your hands lightly to avoid sticking.) Shape popcorn into balls about 3 ½ inches in diameter then wrap in festive wrappers!
The volcan de chocolate is an Argentine classic, but no easy feat to perfect. To get the sponge cake cooked and the interior suitably oozy takes a masterful touch. Here, the dulce de leche heart replaces the classic molten chocolate center to make a sinfully sweet dessert.
Alfajores are little cookies from Latin America filled with the oh-so-delicious dulce de leche. The cookies resemble short bread in their sweetness and light texture. With a dusting of powdered sugar and an array of flavors to choose from, these little sandwich cookies are a taste of the sweet life.
Growing up, many of us spent time dunking our spoons into the communal jar of dulce de leche, and licking up the sticky, caramel-y goodness from between our fingers. Jars of dulce de leche are a great emergency item to keep in the pantry. In addition to being a traditional spoon candy, dulce de leche can become a cake topping, a layer in an ice cream sundae, a filling in an alfajor sandwich cookie, or a spread for homemade crepes.
The banana and dulce de leche crumble is another family kitchen classic from Argentina. The use of maracuya (passion fruit) juice instead of lemon to preserve the bananas gives it a unique Latin twist. Maracuya, although now cultivated worldwide where the climate is warm enough, has its origins in Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Call it what you want: cajeta, dulce de leche, arequipe, manjar blanco, bollo de leche, or doce de leite. However, this sweet delight is the same delicious confection, prepared with goat or cow’s milk and equal parts sugar, and this bread pudding is a great way to celebrate cajeta's deliciousness.