Argentinian Alfajores

Argentinian Alfajores
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Argentinian Alfajores: Dulce de Leche Delight

Embark on a sweet journey to Argentina with the irresistible treat of Alfajores. These delicate sandwich cookies, filled with luscious dulce de leche, capture the essence of Argentinean culinary indulgence. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of Alfajores and guide you through an easy-to-follow recipe that brings the authentic flavors of Argentina to your kitchen.

A Taste of Argentina:

Alfajores are a beloved dessert in Argentina, enjoyed on various occasions from family gatherings to afternoon tea. These delightful treats consist of two soft, crumbly cookies sandwiched together with a generous layer of dulce de leche. The combination of buttery cookies and the sweet, caramel-like filling creates a heavenly experience for your taste buds.


For the Cookies:
– 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

– 1 cup dulce de leche (store-bought or homemade)

Optional Coating:
– Shredded coconut, powdered sugar, or melted chocolate for coating


1. Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.

2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the butter and sugar, mixing until a soft dough forms.

3. Chill the Dough: Divide the dough into two portions, shape them into discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4. Roll and Cut: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Roll out each disc on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

5. Bake: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

6. Assemble the Alfajores: Spread a generous layer of dulce de leche onto the flat side of one cookie. Top it with another cookie, creating a sandwich.

7. Coat (Optional): Roll the edges of the alfajores in shredded coconut, powdered sugar, or dip them in melted chocolate for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

8. Serve and Enjoy: Allow the alfajores to set before serving. These treats are perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee or sharing with friends and family.

Indulge in the decadence of Argentina with these homemade Alfajores. The combination of buttery cookies and the rich sweetness of dulce de leche creates a flavor explosion that will transport you to the charming streets of Buenos Aires. Enjoy these delightful treats as a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Argentina. ¡Buen provecho!

Homemade Dulce de Leche to use in your Argentinian Alfajores:

Homemade Dulce de Leche

– 2 cans (28 ounces each) sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

2. Transfer to Oven-Safe Dish: Pour the sweetened condensed milk into an oven-safe dish. You can use a glass or ceramic dish.

3. Cover Securely: Cover the dish securely with aluminum foil. Ensure that it is tightly sealed to prevent any water from getting inside during the baking process.

4. Create a Water Bath: Place the covered dish in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the dish with the sweetened condensed milk.

5. Bake: Carefully transfer the roasting pan to the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Check occasionally and add more hot water to the roasting pan if needed.

6. Stir and Continue Baking: After the first hour, carefully stir the sweetened condensed milk. This helps ensure even caramelization. Cover again with foil and continue baking until the dulce de leche reaches a rich, caramel color and thick consistency.

7. Cool: Once done, remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Be cautious when handling the hot dish.

8. Whisk until Smooth: Whisk the dulce de leche until it becomes smooth. If it seems too thick, you can whisk in a small amount of hot milk to achieve your desired consistency.

9. Store: Transfer the homemade dulce de leche to a jar or airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for future use.

Now, you have a luscious and creamy homemade dulce de leche ready to elevate your Argentinian Alfajores to the next level. Enjoy the rich, caramel flavor in every bite!

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