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Recipe

Alfajores

Alfajores are without a doubt one of the best-known cookies in South America, especially in the southern countries. The dough varies from country to country and cook to cook. The only constant is the dulce de leche filling, which also may be spread around the sides of the cookie before it is rolled in coconut. Some alfajores are made with just all-purpose flour, while others include a mixture of flour and cornstarch. In the regions where yuca is a staple, these cookies are made with yuca flour.

Yield : Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar, plus more for sifting (optional)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons cognac or brandy
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dulce de leche, store-bought or homemade
  • Finely grated fresh coconut (optional)

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks. Add the zest and cognac and mix well. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then mix into the butter mixture to make a dough that is soft but not runny; if it is too soft, add some more flour. Form into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a large cookie sheet.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 1½-inch rounds. Place on the prepared cookie sheet and bake until set, about 10 minutes; the cookies should not color at all.

4. Remove from the sheet and let cool on wire racks. Spread one cookie with dulce de leche and press a second cookie on top. If desired, spread dulce de leche around the sides of the cookie and roll in the grated coconut. Or just sift confectioners’ sugar on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies and dulce de leche. Tightly wrapped, these cookies will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.


© 2003 Maria Baez Kijac

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information does not include dulce de leche or finely grated fresh coconut. For nutritional information on dulce de leche, please follow the link above. Serving size is 1 cookie.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

83kcal (4%)
16mg (2%)
0mg (1%)
38mcg RAE (1%)
15mg
3mg
1g
1g
0g
10g
28mg (9%)
22mg (1%)
3g (13%)
4g (7%)
1mg (3%)
 

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