Alfajores Argentinean Style

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This is a traditional cookie that is much loved in most Latin cultures. Even my mother in law says they're the BEST, and that is saying a lot considering she is from Mendoza, Argentina!

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅔ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ cups cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla rum

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 (11.5 ounce) jar dulce de leche

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, allowing each yolk to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla rum, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and lemon zest with the last egg. Gently fold in the flour mixture with a spoon, making a crumbly dough. When the dough becomes cohesive enough, press it together into a ball with your hands. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Roll out the dough, using as little flour as possible, about 1/4 inch thick. The dough will have an unusual consistency. Cut with a small round cookie cutter. Continue pressing the dough together, rolling it out, and cutting until you have used it all. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until set but not browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies immediately to cool on a wire rack.

  5. Spread the underside of a cooled cookie with a teaspoon of dulce de leche, then sandwich together with another cookie until the caramel oozes out the sides. Roll the sides in the shredded coconut.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
7g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 17mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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