What is an alfajor?
Alfajores are a beloved pastry dessert enjoyed throughout Latin America, particularly in Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay. Alfajores are ranked in the Top 5 best cookies in the world according Taste-Atlas. These sweet treats consist of two shortbread-like cookies that are sandwiched together with a filling, typically the best sweet ever dulce de leche, and then coated in powdered sugar, grated coconut, or chocolate. They are often enjoyed as a midday snack or dessert, alongside a cup of coffee or tea.
The cookies that make up the base of alfajores are typically made from flour, sugar, butter, and cornstarch, which gives them a crumbly texture that melts in your mouth. The dough is rolled out and cut into circular shapes, which are then baked until they are just golden brown. Once the cookies have cooled, they are filled with a generous dollop of dulce de leche, which is a sweet caramel-like spread that is made by slowly cooking sweetened condensed milk until it thickens and turns golden brown.
After the cookies are filled with dulce de leche, they are pressed together gently to create a sandwich, and then coated in a layer of powdered sugar or grated coconut. Some alfajores are also dipped in chocolate, either partially or fully, to add an extra layer of flavor and richness.
There are many different variations of alfajores, with different fillings, coatings, and flavors. Some are filled with fruit jams, such as strawberry or raspberry, while others are flavored with chocolate or citrus. Some alfajores are also made with gluten-free or vegan ingredients, making them accessible to people with dietary restrictions. More information.
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