Gluten-Free Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche (Alfajores)


These gluten-free sandwich cookie treats are very popular in Latin cultures, simply made with cornstarch and filled with dulce de leche.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 2 mins
24 alfajores


  • 2 ½ cups cornstarch

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (11.5 ounce) jar dulce de leche

  • ½ cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk cornstarch, flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.

  3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, until well combined. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract with the last egg. Fold into flour mixture with a spoon, mixing until dough holds together and turns into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut cookies with a small round cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking sheets.

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

  6. Spread underside of a cookie with 1 teaspoon dulce de leche. Sandwich together with another cookie until filling comes out on the sides. Roll sides in the shredded coconut.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

222 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 222
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 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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