Alfajores – South American sandwich cookies


Alfajores – South American sandwich cookies

This recipe is from Doña Petrona, an Argentine cookbook.  Alfajores are a family Christmas tradition..


  1. 1 jar of Dulce de Leche*
  2. 1 cup  sugar.
  3. 6 egg yolks
  4. ¾ cup of butter,  melted
  5. 1 Tbs. grated lemon rind
  6. 2 cups corn starch
  7. 1 1/4 cups flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking powder
  9. ½ cup sifted confectioner sugar
  10. a  paper  sack

Beat sugar and egg yolks until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add melted butter and grated lemon rind. Sift dry ingredients together and beat into the mixture.  Chill dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place the chilled dough on a floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thick.  Cut with a round 2 ½” cookie cutter. Place on greasedcookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies immediately to cooling racks.

When the cookies are thoroughly cooled, spread dulce de leche on a cookie.  Top with another cookie making a sandwich. 

In a paper sack filled with ½ cup confectioner sugar, drop 5 or 6 sandwich cookies at a time and shake gently to coat.

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