Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies, Caramel Ice Cream, Dulce de Leche
DULCE DE LECHE:
- 1 small can sweetened condensed milk
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:
- 4 ounces/150g butter, at room temperature
- 4 ounces/114g light brown sugar
- 4 ounces/114g granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1 egg egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 7 1/2 ounces/210g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces/114g chocolate chips
- Sea salt, such as Maldon
- Caramel ice cream, for serving
- 1 cup melted milk chocolate
For the dulce de leche: Bring a pot of water to a full boil and drop the can into the water, making sure there is water covering the top of the can. Boil continually for 2 hours and 15 minutes, while making sure it's constantly boiling, and the water always remains above the can (you will need to add more water as you go).
At the end of the cooking period, turn off the heat and allow the can to remain in the water until the water is at room temperature. Remove the can and reserve until the next day, allowing the dulce de leche to cool at room temperature. If unopened, you can keep up to a year.
For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla paste until smooth and lightly fluffy. Incorporate the egg and yolk and cream until it comes together.
Sift the flour, baking soda and salt, and add in three steps to the butter mixture, barely mixing between each step, and taking care not to over mix. Just before the batter is completely mixed, add the chocolate chips and mix for another 10 seconds. Again, take care not to over mix your cookie dough, so they are tender when baked.
Scoop the dough with a number 60 scoop and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the cookies slightly with the palm of your hand, and sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt. Bake for 7 minutes, rotate and bake another 3 minutes. When the cookies are done, they will have a light brown exterior color, but will remain soft and chewy in the middle.
To assemble: Spread a small amount of dulce de leche on one side of the cookie, and scoop the caramel ice cream with a number 60 scoop directly on top. Immediately sandwich with another cookie, and keep frozen in the freezer to set up, at least 1 hour.
When the sandwiches are hard, dip half of the cookie into melted milk chocolate to coat it, and garnish with some sea salt.