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Alfajor Recipe filled with dulce de leche drizzled with melted chocolate

Alfajor Cookies

Alfajor Cookies are buttery cornstarch cookies filled with dulce de leche, often decorated with a drizzle of chocolate, or powdered sugar dusted on top, or with the sides coated in shredded coconut, or chopped almonds.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Argentina
Keyword alfajor, cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Servings 20 cookie sandwiches
Calories 240 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

  • cup  cornstarch  120 grams, 4.2 oz
  • 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour  95 grams, 3.37 oz
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons  unsalted butter at room temperature 141 grams, 5 oz
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar  66 grams, 2.3 oz
  • large egg yolks
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/4  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 3/4  cup  dulce de leche store-bought or homemade read post above for instructions on how to make dulce de leche
  • oz  chopped chocolate to drizzle on top of the cookies if you want to*

Instructions

Alfajor Cookies

  1. Sift the cornstarch, flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter at medium high speed for 1 minute.
  3. Add granulated sugar. Cream for another 1-2 minutes until very fluffy and light in color.
  4. Add egg yolks one at a time, and mix until combined before adding the next one.
  5. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  6. Mix to combine.
  7. Add dry ingredients and mix until you form a dough.
  8. Dough should be soft and not too sticky.
  9. Wrap it in plastic or place it in a ziplock bag and chill it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  10. When it’s time to roll the cookies out, remove dough from the fridge and cut it into 4 pieces. Work with one piece at a time, while keeping the others covered.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  12. Roll it out until about 1/2 thick over a floured surface.
  13. Dough might be breaking up, simply patch it back together by patting it down with your fingers.
  14. I used a 2.5 inch cutter to cut the cookies.
  15. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  16. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cookies should look set, but not too browned.
  17. Let them cool down all the way before filling with the dulce de leche. I placed my dulce de leche in a piping bag to make it easier to fill the cookies.
  18. After filling the cookies, I melted some dark chocolate and drizzled it over the cookies.

Storage

  1. Keep cookies in the fridge for up to 5 days, in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

*You can also dust the cookies with powdered sugar, or completely cover them with chocolate. Other serving suggestions are coating the sides in shredded coconut, or chopped almonds.

Nutrition Facts
Alfajor Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.