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Alfajores- a delicate and decadent treat

Growing up I loved eating plain milk powder :). My mom would bring it once in a while for some recipe and we would sneak into the kitchen and eat the milk powder by the spoonful. But you know whats even better than that, Dulce de Leche. It is a Spanish ingredient which basically translates into ‘Sweet of milk’. It is like condensed milk but much better. Imagine the goodness of condensed milk with the flavor of caramel, thats exactly what this stuff is. 


You can easily make it at home, but I usually get it from a mexican store. I will do a tour of that store soon, I just love exploring it. They have so many varieties of dried chilies, I love buying them and using them. 

I use Dulce de leche in many recipes, do check out my Dulce De Leche Ice-cream recipe.

So when I decided to showcase cookies around the world, I had to make sure that I include a recipe that uses this yummy thing, here it.. Alfajores. 

Todays’s recipe is ‘Alfajores’. It is a sandwich cookie made with a delicate shortbread and of course, Dulce de Leche. It is said like ,” ul-fa- hores”


This cookie is found across latin america and Spain, in fact it is said that it came to Latin America from Spain. The Spanish version has nuts and honey, it is said that it came to the Andalusia when the Moors occupied that region. The word ‘Alfajores’ is originated from an arabic word, which translates to ‘honeycomb’. The earlier versions of this cookie were made using honey as a sweetener. In Peru they roll the cookies in sweetened coconut and in  some places it is dipped in chocolate.


No matter what the name and where it came from, all I can guarantee you is that you will love these. 

I love having these with my morning coffee, and its even better if the coffee beans are from the central or south america. 


I have used this fun rolling pin that my friends gifted me, I just love how these have turned out. If you want to get this, click on the image below, Amazon will give me some kick back if you make a purchase

Here is a link to the video recipe


Serves 8
A delicious sandwich cookie with dulce de leche from Latin America
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
331 calories
44 g
84 g
16 g
2 g
9 g
74 g
225 g
13 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331
Calories from Fat 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 84mg
Sodium 225mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 125 g flour (about 1 cup)
  2. 165 g corn starch ( 1 cup plus 2 tbsp)
  3. 5 g (1tsp) baking powder
  4. 1 g (1/4 tsp) Baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 100 g granulated sugar
  7. 2 egg yolks
  8. 141 g unsalted butter (10 tbsp)
  9. 1tsp lemon zest
  10. 1 tbsp brandy/rum (optional)
  11. 1 tsp vanilla
  12. 1 can dulce de leche
  13. 1/8 tsp salt
For the cookie
  1. Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add egg yolks, one at a time and mix further
  3. Add rum/brandy, lemon zest and vanilla
  4. Mix dry ingredients;
  5. Whisk together flour, corn startch, Baking soda, Baking powder, salt
  6. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, 1/3 at a time
  7. Mix until the dough comes together
  8. Wrap it in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours
  9. Heat the over to 350F( about 165C)
  10. Roll the dough to about 1/8th inch thickness.
  11. Cut with a cookie cutter of your choice
  12. Bake it on a parchment lines baking tray for 12 mins
  13. Remember to rotate the tray half way through the cooking time
  14. Let the cookies cool completely
  15. While the cookies are cooling, mix dulce de leche with some vanilla and add a pinch of salt
  16. Make sandwiches using the cookies and dulce de leche
  1. You can roll the cookies in dry coconut or dip in melted chocolate
Anagha Godbole