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Alfajores – Dulce de Leche

AlfajoresCreamy, confectionery dulce de leche is sandwiched between buttery cake-like cookies in this sweet traditional South American treat.

2/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup flour, plus more
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp Pisco
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dulce de leche


  1. Combine cornstarch, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, Pisco and vanilla, mix.
  3. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture until incorporated with no visible white pockets.
  4. Shape dough into a smooth disk, wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hr.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F, position rack in middle. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  6. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/4″ thickness. Stamp out 24 rounds.
  7. Place cookies on prepared sheets spaced 1/2″ apart. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 12-14 mins. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Flip half of the cookies upside down, gently spread each with 2 tsps of dulce de leche. Place a second cookie on top, press to create a sandwich.
  9. Dust generously with powdered sugar, roll in garnish.

Yields a dozen alfajores.