June 17, 2015

Argentinian Alfajores with Dulce De Leche

Oh booyyy do I have a recipe for you. Have you heard of alfajores? They are little soft lemon cookies sandwiched together with dulce de leche. Think macarons, but a little more dense. Last month, or maybe the month before, the kind people from Try The World sent me one of their food boxes. How it works - you sign up, pay a price, and receive a curated box full of delicious treats from a new country bi-monthly. I received a box from Argentina. It was full of tasty things like dulce de leche, shortbread cookies, chimichurri sauce, and more. The box came with a recipe for these alfajores, and I was super excited to try them.

Funny story - on my first attempt, I managed to screw up these cookies royally. The recipe called for corn flour, which I thought was a little strange. I made the cookies with the same corn flour that I use for tortillas. They came out of the oven, I let them cool. I was then ready to smear copious amount of dulce de leche and sandwich the cookies together, when I thought - maybe I'll try one first. Let me tell you, it tasted like a small hard gritty tortilla. So so wrong. After some further investigation, I realized that what they meant to write in the recipe was corn starch. Still hesitant by the large quantity of corn starch, I made a second attempt, which was much more successful. Although, if I were to make them again, I would probably make the cookies a little thinner, and up the ratio of dulce de leche - because that stuff is incredible. Think smooth soft creamy caramel that is far too easy to eat with a  spoon. I highly encourage you to give these cookies a try. They are super fun to make and really delicious.

- life updates -

Guys, I finally picked a paint color for the exterior of our house. If you know me, or have been around me in the last year, you're probably feeling a sense of relief that I will no longer be talking about exterior paint colors. The task of choosing a color had taken over my life and was stressing me to no end. Twelve months is how long it has taken me to choose. The indecisiveness kills me. My issue with paint color is not choosing the color, it's the fact that it never looks the same on the house and that kills me. This last attempt, I chose a light green/brown. Just for fun. I painted it on the wall, and it looked blue gray. The color that I have been trying to achieve for a year now. So frustrating, I want to punch something.

We finally bought a king size mattress, which I think I talked about last post. Seriously, it's life changing. Also, if you're looking to splurge on comfort, linens sheets are the way too go. And silk pajamas. And a trip to Hawaii. That would be nice.

My baby bump is getting out of control. Some days I feel like I am carrying twins. I can no longer stretch into my old t-shirts, and feel like the 3 maternity shirts I own, aren't going to cut it anymore. Some days I look at myself and think, holy shit, how will I ever loose this weight.

I just started buying baby clothes, and OMG, tiny baby clothes.

I want to eat corn on the cob all day long. My craving for it is intense and fierce. Last week they ran out at the grocery store, and I almost had a full on meltdown. I was like 'where the f--- is the corn on the cob'. They were like 'we sold out you crazy person, get a grip'.

Also, Dara O'Brianin is amazing, and this video cracks me up. Every single time. Along with a lot of other things. Instead of getting intense sad emotions, I am getting these bouts of uncontrollable laughter, where it hurts. Seriously, I spend half my day laughing at stupid things. It's amazing.

makes 20 - 2 inch sandwich cookies

2 cups corn starch
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 stick + 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
500g or 1 cup homemade or store bought dulce de leche

In a medium bowl, sift together the corn starch, flour, and baking powder. Set to the side.

In the bowl of a stand-mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time.  Mix until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Turn the mixer to low. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.

Scoop the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Roughly shape into a ball and wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove the dough from the fridge. Dust the counter and rolling pin with flour. Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter or the bottom of a 2 inch circular glass, cut out the cookie shapes. Place the cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Spread a layer of dulce de leche in between two cookies.

Can be stored in an airtight container for a week.


  1. These look delicious! I am in Chile which is Argentina's neighbor so I am very familiar with all of those things you mentioned. I love alfajores but I've never tried making them and this recipe looks delish!

  2. Oh man, that box sounds so cool!! I love the idea of making fun foods from different countries. These sound awesome!

  3. I thinking I tried making alfajores once and it was a total disaster. These look totally and utterly different and all I can think about is the idea of these buttery cookies sandwiched together with a dollop of dulce de leche. Must have!

  4. Hey! I'm Argenitean! Look for alfajorcitos de maicena (It is the traditional brand of corn stach) Usually we put much more dulce de leche, but we use one thicker, called dulce de leche repostero (you have to heat it a litle bit in the microwave, so you don''t crack the cookies)

    1. Guada - this is great info. I had never made them before, so I really wasn't sure what I was going for. I will look for this traditional brand of corn starch, and yes I agree with the dulce de leche to cookie ratio. Next time I will use more, and try to make it thicker. So far though, these cookies are pretty fantastic.

  5. Oh maaaaan, alfajores are one of my favorite things in the universe! Pass me a bajillion of them, please.

  6. Some recipes also call for 1 or 2 egg yolks (so the ones you normally see here in argentina are a deeper yellow) and powdered sugar. ALSO, try spreading a little dulce de leche on the sides and roll them in coconut, then they'll be truly argentinian! ;)
    Another option for the filling is quince paste or some thick jam!

  7. FYI: Corn starch is called corn flour in some countries