These are the nectar of the gods. Shortbread cookies with a sweet filling, covered in powdered sugar. Mmm. They are time consuming to make, but always worth it.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
30 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
1 hr
48 alfajores


Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Manjar Blanco:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  • Beat white sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add cornstarch, flour, eggs, pisco, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Mix gently until combined.

  • Turn dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand until smooth. Add water as needed. Divide in half, refrigerate 1 portion, and leave the other out.

  • Coat your work surface with powdered sugar. Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch rounds with a cookie cutter or shot glass. Place rounds close together on a baking sheet. Prick each cookie twice with a fork.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes; cookies should still be white and soft, not crispy, and will firm up as they cool. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

  • Pour condensed milk, evaporated milk, and brown sugar into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until filling approaches the consistency of thick caramel, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat; mixture will firm up as it cools to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  • Pour confectioners' sugar into a shallow bowl. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the filling over cooled cookies. Attach every two cookies together to make the alfajores. Roll alfajores in confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note:

Use rum or vodka instead of pisco if desired.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 35.9g; fat 7.9g; cholesterol 37.3mg; sodium 83mg. Full Nutrition