White Chocolate Dulce de Leche `Ghosts´ #SundaySupper

10.28.2012



These are little ghosts. In case you thought they were druid´s hats or shapeless pines. Or nothing really, just a brown butter shortbread, filled with dulce de leche and coated with white chocolate. The little eyes, that look like nails on some of them, are tiny chocolate chips.
I might tell you now, this is as crafty as I get. Not impressive right? I know, I´m all about the recipes and flavors.
But the Sunday Supper group is celebrating Halloween, and a treat was called for. Something to add to the theme hosted by Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie. So my compromise were these ghosts, that are so incredibly delicious you won´t mind the shape or the widely spaced eyes in some of them.


The bottom is a round of this shortbread I baked a while ago. Really, probably the best I ever tasted, and not surprising since it has brown butter. Everything is better with brown butter. For the bases here, I simply baked them as usual and cut the insides with a small round cookie cutter while still warm. That way they were perfect circles. And you get to eat shortbread rings as a bonus.


Then there was the question of the filling. I wanted to use dulce de leche, to resemble these traditional treats. But it´s too soft. So I heated it with some cornstarch until it thickened, to resemble pastry dulce de leche, a variation that is thicker and made especially to be used in baking. It was perfect to make those cute little cones.
They had to go a bit to the freezer before the white chocolate coating, otherwise you end up with a marbled mix of both things since the dulce de leche melts a bit with the warm chocolate, not that it isn´t a good thing really, just not what we wanted to do here.
In the end, they turned out cute and nice to photograph. Not scary, so I guess I´ll be the good witch in the story then. 



WHITE CHOCOLATE DULCE DE LECHE GHOSTS

½ recipe Brown Butter Shortbread (recipe here)

2 cups dulce de leche
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 Tbs milk

6 oz. white chocolate, melted and warm

To make shortbread bases, roll the dough and use a small round cookie cutter. Let cool completely.
For the filling, put the dulce de leche in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat. In a small bowl mix cornstarch and milk. When the dulce de leche starts to become more liquid, add the cornstarch slowly while stirring with a wooden spoon. Bring the mixture to a boil, while you stir constantly. Boil for 3 or 4 minutes, being careful it doesn´t burn in the bottom of the pan.
Let cool completely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
When the filling is cold, put it in a piping bag with a wide plain tip, and make cones on top of each shortbread round. Start in the middle with the bag perpendicular to the base, and squeeze constantly while you slowly lift the piping bag until you reach the desired height. Freeze cones for half an hour.
Melt white chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of hot water. Keep warm.
Have ready mini chocolate chips or whatever you want to use for the eyes. Take the cones from the freezer and roll them in the white chocolate so that each one is completely coated. Press the chips before it dries and put on a wire rack.
Yields about 40 ghosts.



I hope you’re ready for a howling good time, because today, my #SundaySupper friends and I will be conjuring up some magic in our bubbling cauldrons to bring you everything from Ghoulish Gruel to Haunted Snacks to Spooky Sweets, and of course a few Bewitching Brews! 

Witches, ghosts, goblins, vampires, zombies, monsters...  Everyone is invited.  You don't want to miss this hair-raising party.  It's sure to be a real scream!       

On the menu for our Trick-or-Treat #SundaySupper Halloween Party:

Bewitching Brews:
Ghoulish Gruel:
Haunted Snacks:
Spooky Sweets:

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day, this Sunday (October 28th) during #SundaySupper.  We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about all things Halloween.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your favorite Halloween recipes on our
 #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.


44 comments:

  1. for not being crafty, I think these are brilliant! And delicious too!

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  2. Me muero!!! Ayer fue el cumpleaños de mi hermana, y la idea era hacer una torta de chocolate con cream cheese frosting de fantasmitas! Vi la idea en Martha Stewart, pero de alguna forma, el frosting me quedó hiper líquido y no los pude hacer. A vos te quedaron divinos!!!

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    1. Mica, use chocolate derretido sin ningun otro agregado. Y congele los conitos un rato.

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    2. Genial! Los voy a probar porque me gustaron mucho!!

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  3. I love these little ghosts! So adorable and I'm dreaming about the shortbread with the dulce de leche on top. Mmmmm!

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  4. These look perfect for Halloween and they're super cute :) Love dulce de leche!!!!

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  5. ha ha ha...as crafty as you get (that made me giggle). These are adorable, but best of all, I know they would taste amazing. Yummy!

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  6. I've just discovered your blog.. I love these little ghostie treats! And that's quite a "round up" you have here! So much Hallowe'en Fun!! I'm off to "follow" you:)

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  7. Lovely ! Love the combo of everything here and ghosts looks so cute :)

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  8. You had me at dulce de leche and the ghosts are so cute too!

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  9. Are these like alfajores ghosties? YUM!!!

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  10. oh wow I bet this are Delicious!

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  11. Very cute! I love dulce de leche and these sound wonderful!

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  12. Yummmmm! These look like the perfect little bites. Super sweet but totally delicious :-)

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  13. Oh, my gosh...that gooey dulce de leche filling looks amazing!!! Love these spooky treats!!!!

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  14. Such a cute idea my friend with a lot of deliciousness :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. SO cute and sound wonderfully tasty!!

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  16. A little bite of wonderful, that's what these look like! Makes me want to take a bite!

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  17. I love dulce de leche. What a wonderful recipe.

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  18. Hellooooo delicious! These little ghosts sound absolutely wonderful - YUM! I have to save this recipe to try out on my own!

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  19. Those look sinfully good!!

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  20. Genius! And so cute. I love dulce de leche!!

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  21. I've seen these ghosts! Very tasty!

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  22. One word....YUM! They look sooooo good!!! Get in my belly! lol

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  23. these are too cute! love your blog layout too, very fresh x

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  24. I like your description "...just shortbread with dule de leche..." you must not know just how much I love dulce de leche :))) BTW - they look beautiful ~ Bea

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  25. These ghosts look so nice and cute! Great idea!

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  26. Paula, these are totally adorable Halloween treats and my kids would love them! I am most thankful for the tip with the ddl and the cornstarch to thicken it up, that is really smart and will most certainly come in very handy in the future! Thanks for sharing these wonderful treats!

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  27. These looks so amazing and gooey, and they are also cute. I thought they looked like ghosts the first time I saw them

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  28. OMG, Paula, I'm drooling! These are so cute and look absolutely delicious. Happy Halloween! Pinned.

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  29. That is so cute... I bet white chocolate and dulce de leche is a fine combination!

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  30. Paula! These look delicious! Love the inside shot- YUM!!!

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  31. The ghosts look pretty creative and craftly to me Paula. It takes alot of work to make something like that. I tried making dulce de leche too and it was hard to do.

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  32. Oh my...that 3rd shot makes me want to eat everything on that photo! Such a great idea!!

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  33. white chocolate + dulce de leche?! Yes, please! And you did a fantastic job despite not being crafty! :)

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  34. I don't care what they are, I want them! Look at all that dulce de leche in the center - yum!

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  35. Honestly these are so adorable. One of those recipes you just keep looking at again and again.

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  36. This is really clever and, really, who needs crafty when something tastes this good! I made the brown butter shortbreads using your recipe and totally agree - the best shortbreads ever! ~ David

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  37. O-M-G!!! Not only are these totally adorable but my God, shortbread topped with a huge dollop of dulce de leche? Be still my beating heart (and my greedy belly)! I'd inhale a dozen of these in no time.

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  38. ah, ok. . now I know how to thicken dulce de leche!! mine from today definitely was not thick but good for my cookie recipe and for topping on ice cream. Thank you, Paula!

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