Dulce de Leche Parfaits

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Dulce de Leche Parfaits are a simple but elegant dessert that even young children can make. You can make them with crushed ginger snaps for a spicy dessert or crushed chocolate cookies for a creamy, chocolaty dessert.

A few weeks ago my friend Ann of The Fountain Avenue Kitchen posted about making Dulce de Leche in your crock pot. I’d seen all the posts a few years back about putting an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water on the stove to make it. That way always seemed a bit unsafe and if you can’t see it, how do you know when it’s done? So of course, I never tried it.

With Ann’s recipe, you make it in the crock pot, in a mason jar. You can cook it for as long as you want to get the desired thickness and color you’re going for. Ann’s my latest hero. I mean, common, just look at this stuff!


So now I’ve got all this Dulce de Leche, I had to make it twice, just for testing purposes. What to do with it?
Then my friend Stephanie wants to have a party! Online of course, but hey, I’ll take a party any way I can get it. Stephanie’s made a few changes over at her blog Back for Seconds. First off, she’s now a .com! She’s also been redesigning her site, making it all pretty and easy to navigate. I have to tell you, I loved her site before she did the redecorating. Her photos make you drool and she’s got some amazing recipes like 3 Ingredient Mocha Fudge Sauce, Celebration Oreos,   Ice Cream Scoop Cookies, and her Good for You Cookie Dough Dip.
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So it’s a party, I’ve got Dulce de Leche that if I don’t do something with it, I’ll just eat it all with a spoon. Parfaits are perfect for a party. Make them ahead, easy to serve, completely portable and yummy! Not too heavy like a large cake or pie. Have you ever noticed at a party or a potluck, people just won’t cut a slice of something? If it’s already sliced, they’ll dig in but picking up the knife and cutting it, nope, they’ll just move onto the cookies or something already served up.
This is so versatile, feel free to change up the cookie, for a completely different flavor experience. I made then this time with Ginger Snaps and with Oreos. Both were wonderful, the kids went for the Oreo Dulce de Leche Parfaits, the adults went for the Ginger Snap Dulce de Leche Parfaits, I went for both.

Dulce de Leche Parfaits


  • 1 can Dulce de Leche or one homemade jar
  • 1 8 ounce tub of cool whip
  • 1 cup crushed cookies
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Combine crushed cookies and melted butter, just enough to moisten cookies, set aside. Fold Dulce de Leche into cool whip. Now just layer crushed cookies, cool whip mixture, cookies, cool whip and save just a few cookie crumbs to sprinkle on top. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


You can substitute home-made whipped cream for cool whip.


I’m sharing at some of these great parties!


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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Joan, I’m so happy you made this! I too have been wanting to make the Dulce de Leche, but I’ve been scared that it would explode as well. I can’t wait to make this in the crock pot….genius! The parfaits look divine 🙂

  2. Holy heavens! These look killer, Joan! Dulce de Leche in a parfait – genius! I would have to eat both kinds as well. How could I choose between Oreos and Gingersnapps? I am going to have to try this one 🙂
    Thanks a million for throwing this party with us! I am so happy to have you as a friend 🙂

  3. So easy, yet looks so delicious! Will have to add to my recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. You are my hero so the feeling is mutual! Love the way you used the dulce de leche for parfaits! I would eat both, too: ) Thank you very much for putting your clever spin on this tasty treat!

  5. I’ve never made dulce de leche – but holy cow – it looks too good to not try and make!

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Joan, these look scrumptious! Dulce de leche parfaits–totally brilliant 🙂

  7. I’ve been wanting to try the homemade Dulche de leche for awhile–after seeing these parfaits, I’ve got to do it ASAP. These look awesome, Joan! And it was so fun partying with you today!

  8. I think I am going to pull out the crock pot this weekend and get going on this!! Shopping list for tomorrow: sweetened condensed milk, cookies, cool whip. Sounds like the makings of a good weekend! ~Kris

  9. I love the portableness of these. Some of the biggest hits at parties are the single serve things. Dulce de leche? This looks amazing!

  10. Crock pot might be the best invention ever. These parfaits look amazing! Such a great flavor combo with the Dulche de leche, cookies, and cool whip!

  11. They look so yummy!

  12. I love how you don’t have to spend hours preparing the desert. Put it in the crockpot and wait until it’s done. Mixing with the Coolwhip and putting them together is the fun part. I’m all for that! Plus they look so pretty.

  13. I’ve made dulce de leche in the can. It works, but I kept a careful eye on it the whole time. Love this simple little recipe using dulce de leche. I ended up eating what I made by the spoonfuls, as its sooo good.

  14. YUM! I love that stuff and I’ve got tons of mason jars – I should throw some in the crock ths morning before the yard sale starts and that way, we’ll have parfaits tonight when this is over! 🙂

  15. Oh, my goodness, get me a spoon!

  16. Dulce de leche is one of my favorite sauces – I generally eat the thing straight out of the jar with a spoon. I’ve never used it to make a parfait, though. What a great idea!

  17. I’ve always wondered if Dulce de Leche really was easy to make! Thanks Joan for testing it out for me! I have no reason to not try it out! Especially after seeing these luscious parfaits! Parfaits are the ultimate party food!

  18. What a wonderful dessert, looks awesome!

  19. Wow, you can’t get much easier than these parfaits and they look so good. That could be dangerous! Can’t wait to try these.

  20. You are killing me! These look so delicious! Beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

  21. Oh Dios mio! I LOVE dulce de leche! What are you doing to me Miss Joan?? 😉
    This is amazing and I am sure going to try it

  22. I love making dulce de leche!! I never thought about mixing it up with Cool Whip and making parfaits – brilliant! I would definitely be going for both too 😉

  23. Yum! My husband says he wanted to make it for topping ice cream!

  24. Oh, My! This looks so good! I’m bookmarking this one to try. And, beautiful photos as well. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  25. WOW! I’ve boiled the cans of scm for years, but never ever thought about putting it into a jar…in the crockpot of all things…to watch it turn brown. Brilliant! I could eat the whole jar myself too. This is a terrific way to enjoy that caramel-y goodness.

  26. ooooh, I love Dulce-de-leche. I’m going to have to check out this crock pot recipe. I love the crock pot! These are amazing parfaits and the perfect portion dessert. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  27. These sound amazing.Why haven’t I thought of folding it into whipped cream before? I have to try this..or not…I know I’ll probably eat the whole thing myself.

  28. I cant wait to make these. They look so yummy! Im one of your newest followers. You can follow me back at http://www.navywif33.com

  29. Thanks for linking to Make the Scene Monday, you are being featured later this evening!

  30. Joan – this looks absolutely delicious! I’ve featured it this week over on the Mrs – come on by & check it out!!



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