Alfajores Recipe – they are delicate shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche. These cookies use cornstarch as a main ingredient. Great with coffee!
Delicious Alfajores Recipe
Although these cookies are hard to pronounce, they are super easy to make and delicious. This Alfajores Recipe whips up in minutes and they bake up in no time. The secret to retaining their shape is to refrigerate the cookie dough for a couple of hours before cutting and baking.
Since the alfajores use a combination of flour and cornstarch in their dough, the cookie has a much more delicate texture which makes them crumbly and buttery.
I didn’t make them super sweet to avoid dulce de leche filling from overpowering the whole dessert. Every bite you’ll take of this crumbly cookies, you’ll taste perfection. The smooth dulce de leche, the toasty delicate cookie. Basically, it melts in your mouth.
A lot of people roll the sides of the alfajores in sweetened coconut and others dip the whole cookie in melted chocolate. You can also omit the dulce de leche and just fill them with jam, jelly or chocolate ganache.
I love to dip mine in Coffee
Usually, I have a cheese arepa for breakfast, this time, I decided to break my routine and make this wonderful Alfajores Recipe in the morning. Dipping them in a little cafecito con leche can become my new morning reward.
This Alfajores Recipe originated in Andalucia, Spain in the 16th century. Years later the cookies evolved and became very popular in Latin America, especially Argentina and Peru. I’ve been eating them since I was little and they still are one of my favorite treats.
I hope you can try this delicious Alfajores Recipe at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet. I promise to repost it.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 can dulce de leche
- Powdered sugar optional
In a bowl mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt
In the bowl of a mixer, add the butter and sugar. Mix using a paddle attachment of high speed until creamy and fluffy. 3-4 minutes
Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula
Add the vanilla and egg. Mix
Lower the mixer speed and slowly add the flour mixture.
Remove cookie dough from mixer and divide in 2
Shape into flat disks and cover with plastic wrap
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove one cookie disk from the fridge
Roll on a floured surface until the dough has 1/4" inch thickness
Using a round cookie cutter about 1 3/4" inches or your desired size cut out circles
Place cookies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper
Repeat with remaining disk of dough
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until browned on the edges
Remove from oven and place cookies on a cooling rack
Pour dulce de leche on a zip top bag. Snip a small hole in the corner of the bag
Turn half of the cookies over
Pipe dulce de leche mounds in the middle of each cookie
Place a cookie on top and press gently to distribute the dulce de leche all over the cookie surface
Dust with powdered sugar
If cookies become too soft during the rolling process, place them back in the fridge for 30-40 minutes and then roll them again.
You may also like:
Hi! I want to make these cookies as a Xmas gift but I have a question. Does the dough allow you to roll it out or do you have to shape the flat disk by hand?
Yes Andi! they are made to be roll out and cut with a round cookie cutter
I really want to make these but the recipe isn’t showing. Help please.
I apologize, I am fixing the glitch asap
Hi, the problem has been resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience. You should be able to the recipe now.
Annette Herrera says
My husband is from la Victoria, Lima Peru. And this is one of our kids favorite. Where my mother in law has always made these for us. She is now getting older and having trouble with her wrist. I wonder if you have ever made the Kong? Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it
Let me know how it comes out!