Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Chocolate Fudge and Dulce de Leche Tassies
All Rolled Into One Gem of a Cookie


1/2 cup butter softened
(1) 3 ounce package cream cheese
1 cup all purpose flour

Beat the cream cheese and softened butter with electric mixer until well mixed. Add 1 cup of flour while mixer is on low speed, just until well combined. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes or until it is easy to handle (I never chill this dough). Divide this dough into 24 balls. Press the balls into the bottom and up the sides of an (UNgreased) mini (1 3/4 inch) muffin pan (see note).

1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dulce de leche
In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate and butter; heat and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, egg and vanilla.

ASSEMBLYIn the bottom of each pastry-lined cup, place a teaspoon of dulce de leche (you can find a super-easy method for making this caramel HERE. Put the chocolate mixture on top of the dulce de leche (filling pastry cups  3/4  full).

BAKEBake in preheated 325F oven for 25 minutes (mine baked for almost 30 minutes) or until filling is puffed. Cool in pan for five minutes then gently lift them out. If they do not come out easily, use the tip of a butter knife to help you lift them out. Cool on wire rack.

NOTE: I never chill this dough. Instead, I place the ball of dough in the mini-muffin cup and use the rounded end of my wooden meat grinder plunger (fits perfectly). I just push down gently and evenly on the dough and the pastry cup almost forms itself. If you don’t have anything to try this method with, just use your fingers.


girlichef said...

Well, these look awesome and I love dulce de leche for one :D And in that situation, I've come to just make new things (don't ask if they want it, don't tell them what's in it)...and just serve them. People have come to enjoy some new things they thought they wouldn't like this way. BUT, there's always the picky ones. And for them, I just set out the jars of pb & jelly and a loaf of bread. And smile.

Anncoo said...

Hahaa.. Coleen~ same here. If someone doesn't enjoy my cooking, I'll offer them desserts.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh , this looks like a fabulous cookie. It would be so pretty on a christmas tray.

I have picky kid eaters. They have to try dinner, if they dont like it, they can have cereal or pbj. But they have to try it. I used to make them separate dinners, too much work for me.

the domstic mama said...

I love that you still post in a rut- I am in one too, 5th sister says it's the moon. BUT- today I am making your cranberry bars to get me out. I usually try a new recipe to get out... it usually works!

Annie Jones said...

I'm just the opposite of you, in that I'd rather cook savory dishes than bake. Shane and Kat both have a bigger sweet tooth than me, but even at that, most baked goods go stale before we can finish them (especially cakes).

As for picky eaters, I'm with some of the other ladies here. I make what I think sounds good, and anyone who doesn't like it is free to have a peanut butter sandwich, fried egg sandwich or (unhealthy, but easy) Ramen noodles. But first, they must take one decent-sized bite of everything, even if they've had it before and think they don't like it.

Shane is not a problem; he'll eat just about anything I fix. Kat is more picky, but she's starting to come around. And it's not like I never make her favorites or like I'm trying to serve liver and onions at every meal (although I'd enjoy that, too...LOL).

Tracy B at FeedSack Cooking said...

I have always thought that your meals look so delicious. I wish I was able to come to Alaska and sit and talk with you. I really need to get out of Alabama for a while. I might really like it up there and just want to stay. I am in a rut myself with life. I am trying to find happiness in my not so happy world.

Kim said...

I love your new gingerbread header - so cute! Feeding people can be so frustrating. I understand how you feel. My husband and daughter are picky and my son is allergic to a lot of things. I already have to make my son different foods, so I'm not likely to make another dish for picky eaters. I guess we all feel the same way, don't we? It's frustrating.

Those tassies look like they would make everyone happy!

Barbara Bakes said...

A nice afternoon chat with you would be so fun! Luckily my picky eater got married and my boys will eat anything I make. They might not love it, but they'll eat it without much complaint! The dessert sounds decadent!

Jessie said...

Oh my those look yummy!!! If I had picky eaters at my house I would be just as upset as you but thankfully my husband and my kids will eat pretty much whatever I make so I am sorry I don't have any words of advice for you!!

Trish said...

Gosh...let me say first that with your kind of baking dear Coleen....who needs cooking!!!! This looks scrumptious! Baking is not a natural for me but I love to coooooooook! Creating different dishes as I go along. This makes the two men in my life very nervous...grin. But they have learned to grin and bear it and for the most part....they are tempted by the aroma and I offer blindfolds before serving them! Ya, I never allowed my son to have too many choices other than what I had made...except if it was WAY off the wall weird or something! I grew up with a mother who catered....having several different dishes for her fussy kids and I thot...NO WAY am I am going to do that.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ugh Coleen! I feel bad for you. I hate having to cook like that, and have had to in the past. It drove me bonkers.

Your eaters are so varied you almost have to make two meals. Can one person cook a veggie option, someone else the meaty option, and then everyone spice as desired?

Ingrid said...

Well, dang! I'm not going to be much help as I AM the picky one in my house. My three children are much more open to trying things and love their fruits and veggies.

Good luck working it out!

Katherine Aucoin said...

i have picky eaters and you willmake yourself crazy trying to please everyone. I get rebellious and cook something I want whether they like it or not.

If they don't like it, the can eat a hot pocket or a bowl of cereal. Every now and then you have to treat yourself like with a platter of these tassies. They would make me feel all better. May I have a little more tea? =)

Mary said...

The cookie is wonderful.As to eaters who are not on the same page, if I'm in a good mood I'll deconstruct a dish and let them pick the components of it that they'll eat.

Susie said...

I am in the cooking, not baking crowd. I'm lucky that my chickies like most things, but if you try it and you really don't like - you can have cereal or a sandwich. I'm an adventurous cook - I'm always on the look-out for the the "perfect" recipe of something. I'm also of the fan of "don't tell 'em what's in it" - lots of time people just think they don't like something!

Christy said...

Wish I could sit and chat the afternoon away over coffee with you!! Wouldn't that be just wonderful? :)

My kids (ages 13, 12, 9, &7) are getting better about trying new foods, only because I stopped being a short-order cook. They must try what I have cooked, they can't ask "what's in this" and they aren't allowed to say "oooo-I don't like this"! They must eat at least 5 bites and then if they don't like it, they must fix themselves something else to eat. There's something about them having to prepare their own food that keeps them at the table sharing the food I prepared for them. I hope this helps you a little.

I love, love, love those cookies!! You can come bake (and cook) for me anytime!! {{hugs}}

betty r said...

I understand the what do we do?? The idea of catering to each one is not an option for me.
I prefer baking too.
The tassies look amazing! mmmm..

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Coleen, I've been faithfully reading your blog. I'm guilty of not leaving comments, since I can clearly see how loved you are by your followers-- including me. This time, I had to comment, because you struck a familiar nerve. I think that we bloggers do this because we are so passionate about our skills in the kitchen. We put so much heart and soul into what we make. Speaking for myself, I put far too much value in wanting positive feedback on what I make. I pouted when my husband wasn't as over-the-moon about something I made, and I personally loved. It's curse, isn't it? I'm with the majority of your fans, though. With my kid, I didn't make special dinners. Sometimes I think parents are doing a disservice when they cater to their kid's pickiness. They grow up to be super picky. I'm blessed that my husband will eat most anything. If he doesn't like something at all, and I do, I make it just for me...once in a while, and give the rest away.
Gee, I don't leave comments and now I wrote a novel to you! Thanks for the cup of tea. I love what you make Coleen-- every single recipe!

Anonymous said...

Give them two choices---"TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT"

Debbie said...

That is one great cookie. I would love to try them...I think you could even put a little red sugar crystals on top for the holidays. As far as cooking and pleasing everyone, I gave up on that years ago. There is just no pleasing everyone so I make what I enjoy!!! My son always has the option of cereal or a sandwich if he doesn't care for what I've made.

Sonya said...

I actually dont give my family a My two sons know that they eat what I make and thats it. I pretty much know who likes wat,who can tolerate what and if I push it I get I wish my husband liked more pasta type dishes and red sauce. He cant stand red sauce so the economical meals are passed by sometimes.

I never have to worry about company or in the netherlands as an american, they pretty much never come over around dinner..they are to scared to try something

Laura said...

A) we need to get together when I get back for a face to face :)
B) I make everyone take 3 bites of everything if they still don't like it they go hungry

I also look for recipes on blogs and get inspired there

teresa said...

sometimes a sisterly chat, even online is the best remedy! i'm in the same boat as a lot of other girls. i feel like as the cook in the house, it's my right to make what i want to make (within reason, i'm not going to deliberately cook something that my whole family hates). they all give it a try and if they don't like it, there is always cereal. sometimes it's just not possible to please everyone.

of course, i may not worry about dinner at all tonight and just make those amazing tassies!

Katy ~ said...

In our house, it's just Ole Sweetie-Pi and I, and he is sooooo fussy. I take turns on what cooking what we like. One night it's something that's geared specifically for him (like slab o'beef, ugh!) and then chicken the next night for me. We both enjoy pizza, for example. On those opposite nights when something is being served that the other one doesn't like, either you eat it and grimace (in silence, I might add) or eat a bowl of cereal or a can of soup. Once in a great while, depending on what else I'm cooking, I may cook two separate meals for us, but not as a rule. The good news is, that usually we have leftovers, so that if there's something we like it generally carries over to the next evening if it's something we don't care for.

Growing up, we ate what was put in front of us, or we went without.

The very first meal that I cooked for Ole Sweetie-Pi, I think he only ate two noodles and the chocolate mousse. I'm really surprised we made it to a second date, grins.

Anonymous said...

In our family, we deal with a lot of allergies, plus picky eaters, so that makes meal planning tricky. What I try to do is make lots of side dishes that are a great alternative if one or two don't like the main meal. For example, mac and cheese, or a rice dish, or veggies with a hearty cheese sauce, so that there's something for everyone to choose from. All that said, no wonder you like baking more than cooking!

By the way, first time commenter here. I just LOVE your blog, and use lots of your recipes. We're going to try the pork roast with the maple syrup this week! :)

Wandering Coyote said...

Well, I am single with no kids so I don't have to deal with this, really. But I am a picky eater! When I'm in a rut, I usually start going through cookbooks - particularly ones I haven't used in a while - and also magazines I've kept with recipes that I've often marked but have forgotten about. It often works!

Monica H said...

I don't usually have the problem of pleasing everyone because there's only two of us. But I do sometimes get tired of eating the same things. When I can't decide what to eat or make, we turn to breakfast (for dinner).

Cream cheese, dulce de leche and chocolate. oh my goodness!

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog Coleen :-)

elizabeth said...

When you explain it like you do - I nod my head. It is because of OTHER'S! - (lol) that I get in a cooking rut. A complaining 9yo who says I never make any dinner(s) he likes, someone doesn't love onions and garlic (I do!) I had a mother who always announced she wasn't a *short-order cook* -- and I didn't want to be that way with my kids...but I have to agree that I am beginning to say, at LEAST taste it and if hey don't like it they can have PB&J or a bowl of oatmeal.

I love your blog, I used to live in Alaska 84-94 and still miss her so. The gingerbread house is adorable on your header, such yummy candies - my 9yo would think that the perfect dinner! ;-)