An alfajor is a traditional confection found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Southern Brazil, Southern France, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. You’ll love the play of textures and flavors in this tender, easy to make cookie!

  • 1 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dulce de leche
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut unsweetened

How to Make Alfajores

  • Combine the flour, corn starch, salt, and baking powder in a bowl, whisk together.
  • Add butter, lemon zest and sugar to the bowl. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract then mix until combined.
  • Dump in the dry mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  • Transfer the dough onto a piece. Wrap well and chill for about an hour.
  • Once you dough has chilled set oven to 350F.
  • Roll out to between 1/4 and 1/8 an inch on a lightly floured surface. Use a circle to cut the dough and transfer to parchment or silicone-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Once cool you can smear a dollop of dulce de leche onto the back of a cookie and sandwich to the bottom of another cookie.
  • Roll in shredded coconut.


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