Masa Harina Thumbprints with Cajeta

Cajeta is a type of dulce de leche, but it's made with goat's milk for special flavor. Find it online or in specialty stores.

brown Masa Harina Thumbprint cookies with Cajeta caramel sauce in middle
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
52 mins
36 cookies


  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • ½ cup hot water

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup masa harina

  • cup Cajeta or dulce de leche

  • Instant espresso coffee powder


  1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons espresso and water until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugar, baking soda, and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in masa harina alternately with the epresso water until well blended.

  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Using your thumb, make an indent in the center of each ball.

  4. Bake about 12 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove cookies to a wire rack; cool completely. Before serving, fill centers with cajeta and sprinkle with additional espresso powder.


Layer and store unfilled. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. To serve, thaw (if frozen) and fill as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

83 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 55mg 1%
Folate, total 3.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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