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Alfajores Recipe

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When Americans think of a cookie sandwich, they immediately think of Oreos. However, there is something much more delicious that Latin Americans love to serve during the holidays.

Alfajores have decadent fillings and are sometimes dipped in melted chocolate to make them even more special. Let’s take a closer look at this yummy recipe.

What are alfajores made of?

Alfajores are made using typical cookie ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, and butter. However, they do have vinegar, which may seem strange if you’ve never made the recipe before.

How do you keep alfajores fresh?

You want to make sure to store the cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. If you want them to last longer than a week, you can freeze them for up to two months.

Is dulce de leche the same as sweetened condensed milk?

Dulce de leche is sweetened condensed milk that has been cooked down to create a thicker, darker substance that resembles caramel.

What are the ingredients to make alfajores?

To make this alfajores you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Dulce de leche, arequipe or manjar
  • Chocolate

How to make alfajores

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make alfajores. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

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Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In the meantime, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar).

Add the butter and vinegar and mix until well combined. The mixture should resemble sand.

Add the eggs and mix until well incorporated. The finished dough should be smooth and barely stick to your hands.

Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll the dough out to ½ inch thick.

Use a round cookie cutter to cut the dough and transfer to the cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool thoroughly before filling with the desired filling.

Dip the cookies in melted chocolate and set aside until the chocolate has set.

Your alfajores is ready to serve!

Alfajores Recipe

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Alfajores Recipe

Alfajores Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes


  • 2 Cups flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tsp vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup dulce de leche, arequipe or manjar
  • 1 Cup chocolate, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl combine the flour with the salt, baking powder, and sugar.

Add the butter and vinegar and mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

Add the eggs and continue mixing until incorporated. You should get a smooth dough that barely sticks to your hands.

Sprinkle a surface with flour and roll out the dough until about 1/2 inch thick.

With the help of a cookie cutter cut out the alfajor circles and transfer to the prepared pan.

Take to the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until done. Take out of the oven and let them cool down completely.

Once the alfajor cookies are cooled down spread around 1 Tbsp dulce de leche on a cookie and top with another cookie. Repeat the process with the rest of the alfajores.

Dip in the melted chocolate to coat and let them cool down completely.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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