cajetadulce de leche

Homemade Cookies

Homemade Cookies

Galletas Caseras

Recipe Yield

34 cookies

Cooking time

25 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.75 from 8 votes


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cups (3 1/2 sticks) butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup pretzels broken into about 1/2-inch pieces
  • Cajeta or dulce de leche to drizzle on top optional

To Prepare

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter over medium speed. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until fully combined and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if need be. Continue to mix until it is all incorporated and the dough is smooth, about 1 minute. Fold in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzel pieces by hand with a rubber spatula.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form 1-inch balls and place them at least 1-inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • For an extra treat, you may drizzle cajeta or dulce de leche on top.


85comments inHomemade Cookies

  1. polly Hart

    Nov 18

    my Grandchildren love your jest while cooking beautiful meals. they are 8 and 10 yrs. of age, get them away from junk food by Pati. thanks for your love of good food, we love you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      Thanks so much Polly, hugs to you and the kiddies!

  2. Carlos Ayala

    Oct 14

    I love the idea of using condensed milk instead of sugar!! Kind of makes it a cross between the softness of a sugar cookie and a buttery shortbread. I want to try with the chocolate chips and pretzels like in your recipe, but I think I’ll substitute the peanut butter chips for these chocolate-covered toffee bars I see in the store a lot; I love that hint of smoky caramel. I also really love the vanilla flavor in a cookie, so I plan to add a little vanilla extract to the dough, too. How much would you recommend adding so it doesn’t overpower the dough?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 26

      Yummy ideas Carlos, I would add maybe just a teaspoon of vanilla 🙂 Let me know how the cookies come out!

  3. Christina Macias

    Oct 06

    I absolutely love this cookie recipe!!! The cookies never get hard or crunchy which I love! I did make an adjustment and left out the pretzels since they are not my favorite. But it still works and I have even tried it with butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips and it still comes out amazing.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 24

      Yay, great ideas Christina, thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Debbie

    Jan 17

    Hi Pati. Love your show. One question about this cookie recipe? Do you add egg or not, I don’t see it?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 23

      No eggs in this one Debbie 😉

  5. Robbie Mornington Peninsula Australia

    Jun 08

    Hey Patti I love watching your show please don’t stop showing your beautiful recipes just watched you this morning making your cookies they look amazing and will definitely be making them tomorrow or maybe today we are in lockdown here in Metro Melbourne Victoria AUSTRALIA So I have plenty of time to cook which i love to do and watch your show every day Thank you for sharing your recipes .

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12

      My pleasure Robbie! So glad you are tuning in and enjoying the show and the recipes, yay 😉

  6. Anonymous

    Sep 26

    I’m always excited when I looking at your show. U have the most beautiful smile & your sons r really lovely boys. Thank u for all the lovely recipes. I’m a health freak & I always put my spin on recipes, however, with this one I’m going to add some nuts & shredded coconut. Hope it turns out well. Alana

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29

      Thanks for your kind words Alana, I am sure your twist on this recipe will turn out great!


    Aug 15

    The cookies look delicious, but the recipe seems like it has a lot of butter, lol!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 18

      Yep Helen, they are buttery and yummy 🙂 🙂

  8. Marie

    Jun 17

    Is this the only condensed milk cookie recipe you have??? Many years ago I use to make your cookies with condensed milk, since lost the recipe. I live in Australia, I enjoy watching your show

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 18

      Hello Marie, yes this is the only cookie recipe I have with condensed milk, but there are so many other desserts here on the website that use it, including my flans and also this yummy cheesecake, enjoy 😉

      1. Patty

        Jan 15

        Hi Pati
        Thanks for sharing all your recipes. Keep up the good work. I would like to see you as a guest judge on Chopped, or have Guy Fieri visit 😉 you and taste one of your dishes or desserts. Really enjoy your show.

        1. Pati Jinich

          Feb 07

          Thanks so much Patty, that would be fun 🙂

  9. Jolie Nichols

    Apr 20

    I finally had a chance to make these cookies and they didn’t come out looking like yours! They spread too much and resulted in a very flat cookie. (I thought maybe I forgot an egg and re-read the recipe when I saw how they cam out). I’m wondering if it had to do with my sweetened condensed milk. I have not been able to find any near me (due to coronavirus shortages) so i made my own and it wasn’t quite as thick as what you get in the store bought can. Could that be the problem? Or is there anything else you could advise? Love your show and watch every week!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Hi Joe, sorry to hear the cookies didn’t come out as expected. If you missed an egg probably that was the issue, you know how in baking you have to be exact with your ingredients and your measurements. Good luck next time 😉

      1. Anonymous

        Jan 17

        I thought this recipe didn’t have eggs? I was wondering if it is a miss print

        1. Pati Jinich

          Jan 23

          You can check out the full recipe here It does not contain eggs 🙂

  10. Jennifer hernandez

    Apr 14

    Me encanta esa receta

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 16

      Gracias Jennifer, un abrazo 😉

  11. Tim

    Jan 23

    I must admit, I’m a bit hooked on your show. I’m retired and living in the Lake Chapala area so I see a lot of the ingredients and dishes that you feature in your shows. I have a question about this recipe: Are the pretzels that you use salted? Unsalted pretzels are hard to find here.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Salted pretzels are perfect for this recipe Tim. Thanks for tuning in, I hope you enjoy Sammi’s favorite cookies!

  12. Sol

    Aug 27

    Me topé con esta receta y no puedo dejar pasar la oportunidad de hornearlas, ya veré que tal quedan.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 28

      Super, Sol!

  13. Carrie

    Aug 07

    I made these for the first time tonight! My Sammy loved them! I didn’t have pretzels so I used pecan chips. My husband loved them too! I can’t wait for my daughter to try them when she’s home this weekend from college!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 07

      I’m so glad your Sammy loved them…and have a great time with your daughter, Carrie!

  14. Jaime

    Jul 23

    I made these for the first time today. I altered the recipe by adding orange zest and a little orange juice and replacing the pretzels and peanuts with equivalent of semi sweet chocolate chips. What a wonder combo and truly the fluffiest cookies.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 24

      I’m so glad you made the cookies your own, Jaime!

  15. Brenda Casey

    Mar 02

    I made these this week and my husband said they were wonderful! His favorite store bought cookies are pecan sandies and he said they had similar texture . I added butterscotch morsles and pecans. He liked them so much that he insisted on taking some to work and sharing them !

    1. Pati

      Mar 02

      So happy to hear this, Brenda. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Karen

    Dec 30

    I just made these for my husband’s birthday today. I made exactly as written with p.b. chips, pretzel pieces, and dark chocolate chips. When I saw Pati make these for Juju on her program, I knew I had to try them. She has such a beautiful connection to her three sons. I get teary eyed watching her intertact with her cute family. The cookies were wonderful! They were not too sweet (thankfully because sweets in the United States are far too sweet for my taste). Watching Pati make these just made me happy. I hope to discover as much joy as she has each day. I watch her cooking show to learn new food ideas and techniques, but more especially for a mood boost.

    1. Pati

      Dec 31

      Oh thank you so much, Karen 💕

  17. Stan

    Dec 13

    These look delicious…..any idea what the sugar content is? thanks….

    1. Pati

      Dec 14

      Oh I don’t keep nutritional information on the recipes…but enjoy the cookies, Stan!

  18. Karla

    Dec 10

    Hola pati ise las galletas y estan riquisimas. Ami familia les encantaron.
    Ahora quieren que les aga el sandwich favorito de Sammy.

    1. Pati

      Dec 11


  19. Bobbie VanTassel

    Nov 28

    oh Pati. i made these today. i love these cookies. But how do i store them???

    1. Pati

      Nov 29

      You can keep them in an air tight container, Bobbie.

  20. Joanne W

    Nov 25

    Hi Pati, I was watching you make these cookies on Create TV and thought that this would make a great recipe for a family member who is allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts. I would need to modify the recipe a little like using non dairy butter, soy based condensed milk and dairy free chocolate chips. Because I plan to leave out the peanut butter chips and pretzels, do you recommend that I adjust the amount of the other ingredients so that the cookies still turn out good? Thank you and I enjoy watching your shows!

    1. Pati

      Nov 29

      Hmmm, you might want to try these cookies, which you can make using vegetable shortening: Enjoy Joanne!

  21. Ramona Baiza

    Aug 04

    !Mil gracias! Just made these cookies with my grandchildren. So fun and so delicious!

    1. Pati

      Aug 06

      Yay! So happy you had fun in the kitchen with your grandkids, Ramona.

  22. Fabiola Villa

    Oct 29

    Patty ayer compre los ingredientes para hacer estas galletitas que te vi preparar con uno de tus hijos en uno de tus shows. Te cuento que me salieron deliciosas ya voy por la cuarta que me como. Pero entre a tu website para ver si tienes alguna informacion nutricional por cada galleta para ver si me puedo comer la quinta ja ja ja ( normalmente no como chocolate chip cookies) pero estan buenasas. ❤

    1. Pati

      Dec 01

      Jajaja sí son irresistibles! ​ ​Yo digo que te comas otra ; )​

  23. Michele LeBlanc

    Oct 23

    Oh my gosh….so darn GOOD! Saw this episode and had to make these as soon as I could. They are delicious. Of course, I’m sure the 3-1/2 sticks of real butter and a can of condensed milk have something to do with that lol! Love your show and have both of your cookbooks, Pati. I have made several of your recipes and have been pleased with all of them. Keep up the good work, girl!

    1. Pati

      Oct 27

      Thank YOU Michele for trying my recipes…and for loving them!

  24. Charissa Hartman

    Oct 09

    I was hesitant to make these cookies because I live in a high altitude area (greater than 6000 ft), so I made half a batch. These cookies turned out awesome! They were so fluffy which is hard to achieve at our altitude.
    Thanks Pati!

    1. Pati

      Oct 12


  25. Debs Sage

    Aug 04

    Are these the cookies you brought to a boy friends home where his father said you must marry her?

    1. Pati

      Aug 04

      Oh! That’s the Mango Tart!

      1. Debs Sage

        Aug 04

        Oh that’s so great! I love your personal stories and especially that one. Thanks for keeping it REAL.

  26. carlos santillan

    Mar 20

    I love her cooking!

    1. Pati

      Mar 21

      Thank you, Carlos!

  27. Pauletta McGuire

    Jan 25

    Love your cookies, watch all your shows


    1. Pati

      Jan 26

      Thanks, Pauletta!

  28. Patt Molina

    Dec 05

    I Love your show and watch as often as I can . Can’t wait to make these cookies, I love anything made with butter, yum
    Patti from Nevada

    1. Pati

      Dec 07

      Let me know how they turn out, Patti! =)

  29. Micah

    Nov 21

    Hola from Manila, Philippines! 🙂 I also saw your show and made the cookies over the holidays Janet (also from the Philippines) mentioned. They tasted really good and didn’t last an hour. 🙂 but mine turned out very flat and soft though. And my pretzels were a little soggy. I baked them right away. Was my butter too soft perhaps? How do I retain the crunch in the pretzels?

    1. Pati

      Nov 23

      Hola Micah! (I hope I can come to Manila one day!)
      That is strange… They do lose the puff shortly after coming out of the oven, but I like that about them. And the soft pretzels…. hm. Did you cover the cookies right after baking? Try letting them completely cool before covering. Maybe that will do it!

  30. Janet

    Nov 18

    Hello from Manila, Phils! I was watching TV thinking what to do on a holiday. These cookies look delish. I checked my pantry and I have the ingredients. Will bake now! Love your show! And I bookmarked your website 🙂

    1. Pati

      Nov 19

      Yay! Let me know how the cookies turn out! =)

  31. Mayra

    Oct 20

    I truly enjoy your show, but most of all love the pleasure you get in cooking for your family. I always tell my daughter, Luna, that I want her to have memories of me cooking for her.
    I’m going to make these cookies for Halloween…they will surely be a hit.

    Muchas gracias y saludos!


    1. Pati

      Oct 20

      Mayra, I couldn’t agree more. Family is the most important!! I’m sure Luna will love making the memories with you even more than the cookies themselves! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for taking the time to write to me!

  32. Kathleen Orton

    Oct 19

    Hi Pati,
    I have been watching your show on Create TV since you started. I have seen your show evolve from a somewhat shy girl to a confident and very talented young lady. I just LOVE all your recipes!! I just made these cookies for our women’s Bible study tonight and I must admit, I was a little scared when I tasted the uncooked batter and cringed a little. (I love to lick the beaters! hahaha). Even my grand daughter gave the batter a thumbs down. But…after these cookies were done, I was AMAZED at how good they were!! So light and fluffy and soooo good!!! My grand daughter is eating them faster than I can take them out of the oven! I am sure they will be a big hit tonight, if they make it through the next 4hrs without getting eaten! Thank you again! PS. Your zucchini soup is one of my FAVORITE recipes!!! Even though I cannot find the right cheese for it. I just put Queso Fresco and it comes out wonderful!

    1. Pati

      Oct 20

      Kathleen, I am so thrilled the cookies turned out well!! I hope they were a big hit. =) Thank you so much for trying the recipe!

  33. Karen

    Sep 19

    I made this recipe with gluten free Namaste flour and it turned out great. I have a grandson with celiac disease and an allergy to eggs. This recipe will allow him to have treats like the rest of his 6 year old friends at school. I did sift the flour before measuring and chilled the dough for about 1 hour before rolling them and baking them. Thank you!

    1. Pati

      Sep 20

      Wonderful idea, Karen!

  34. sandy

    Sep 16

    Hola pati llo no tengo un stand mixer queria saber if I can use a hand mixer para aser las recetas?

    1. Pati

      Sep 16


  35. Tina

    Sep 12

    I just made these for a church bake sale. I’ve never used sweetened condensed milk before and wondered how they’d taste without any sugar in the recipe. Well, the cookies are super-sweet and the peanut butter chips and pretzels balance the dough out nicely, so I’m glad I didn’t substitute other sweeter ingredients! Thank you, Pati, for a quick and yummy cookie recipe!

    1. Pati

      Sep 13

      Your welcome!

  36. Kelle Eigsti

    Sep 07

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your show Pati! You’re such a darling! I love to bake and cook ,and I am going to make these cookies today! I also just purchased your cookbook! Cannot wait to go through it thoroughly! 🙂

    1. Pati

      Sep 07

      Hello Kelle!
      Thanks for getting my cookbook, I hope you enjoy everything you try from there! I also hope you like this homemade cookies…. they are great with coffee or tea on the side.

  37. Karina Colareta

    Aug 02

    Hola Pati,

    Quiero saber i puedo reemplazar la harina con gluten free flour.


    1. Pati

      Aug 02


  38. Janet

    Jun 30

    Thank you for this wonderful cookie recipe. It is soooo good and easy to make. My grandkids are going to love. Also, love your cooking show.

    1. Pati

      Jul 05

      Gracias Janet!

  39. Jo Ann

    Jun 30

    Just made this recipe, and it turned out well. My grandson cannot eat eggs, so thought it would be a perfect choc. chip cookie recipe for him. Thank you so much.

    1. Pati

      Jul 05

      Oh good! You can alternate the ingredients and mix and match: chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, cranberries…

  40. Sharon

    Jun 27

    I really want to see the churro making video again!! — the one where the guy shoes you how…

    1. Pati

      Jul 01

      Hola Sharon, Thank you! The churro recipe is here, if you want to try making them:

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