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Alfajores recipe

nrosadoc's picture

Alfajores recipe

I have been looking for a great recipe to make Alfajores. I've been reading and some recipes use cornstarch (Maizena) and some don't. From my experience the less cornstarch you use the easier to make since they will not crumble as much. However, one of the main characteristics of Alfajores is their crumbly nature. Any ideas? Any great recipes?

dabrownman's picture

but it has tons of butter, sugar and eggs in them which has to make up for it!  Dolce De Leche are my favorite Variety.   Oddly the spell checker wants to change my fav to Douche de Lecher. That's one sick spell checker!

breadsong's picture

Hi, I just came across this recipe while looking for something else, and remembered your question.
I haven't baked these myself, but sure would love to - they sound quite lovely with the spiced caramel!
I wonder if this recipe might be 'short' enough?
:^) breadsong



By Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Cooking Channel’s Simply Delicioso and Univision’s Delicioso

makes 16-18 cookies

For cookies:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
¼ cup powdered sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, work together flour, powdered sugar, salt, and butter. If dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.

3. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 10–20 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out dough to ⅛ inch thick. Cut out rounds using a 2 ½–inch-diameter cookie cutter. Reroll dough scraps as needed. Transfer rounds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake 15–20 minutes, until golden and firm. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For filling:
1 cup dulce de leche, room temperature
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch grated nutmeg

Mix together dulce de leche, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Assemble cookies:

Fill each cookie sandwich with about 1 ½ teaspoons of spiced dulce de leche, and gently press cookies together to spread filling toward edges. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.