These Alfajores cookies are absolutely delicious! 2 melt in your mouth cookiest hat filling with dulce de leche makes the perfect sandwich cookie in the world! Alfajoers cookie originated in south America (alfajores de maicena) and if you have never tried them, it is a must.
WHAT ARE ALFAJORES?
Alfajores are a type of sweet treat that is popular in many Spanish-speaking countries, especially in South America. These cookies typically consist of two buttery and crumbly cookies sandwiched together with a sweet filling, such as dulce de leche. After the cookies are assembled, they are often rolled in desiccated coconut, powdered sugar, or dipped in chocolate.
The flavor and texture of alfajores can vary, but they are generally known for being indulgent and delicious. They have become a beloved dessert in many cultures, and there are numerous regional variations of alfajores with unique twists on the traditional recipe. Whether homemade or bought from a bakery, alfajores are a delightful treat enjoyed by many people around the world.
TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST ALFAJORES COOKIES
Making the best alfajores cookies involves paying attention to both the cookie and the filling. Here are some tips to help you achieve delicious alfajores:
Use Quality Ingredients: Choose high-quality butter for rich flavor. Use good-quality flour for a tender and crumbly texture.
Chill the Dough: Allow the cookie dough to chill in the refrigerator before rolling and cutting. This helps maintain the shape and prevents the cookies from spreading too much during baking.
Roll the Dough Evenly: Roll out the cookie dough to an even thickness to ensure uniform cookies.
Don't Overbake: Bake the cookies until they are just set and still pale on top. Overbaking can result in a dry texture.
Pair Cookies of Similar Size: Match the cookies into pairs of similar size for sandwiching. This creates a more visually appealing and balanced alfajor. Dust with Powdered Sugar: After baking, dust the cookies with powdered sugar for a delicate finish.
Dulce de Leche: Use high-quality dulce de leche or make your own for an authentic and rich flavor.
Even Distribution: Spread the filling evenly between the cookie layers to ensure a consistent taste in every bite.
Be Generous but Not Overly: While it's tempting to add a lot of filling, be mindful not to overstuff the cookies, as it can make them messy to eat.
Chill Before Serving: Allow the assembled alfajores to chill for some time before serving. This helps the filling to set and enhances the flavors.
HOW TO STORE ALFAJORES COOKIES?
Storing alfajores cookies properly will help maintain their freshness and flavor. Here are some tips on how to store alfajores:
Airtight Container: Place the alfajores in an airtight container to protect them from exposure to air, which can cause them to dry out.
Layer with Parchment Paper: If you are stacking multiple layers of alfajores in the container, place parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking and maintain their appearance.
Cool Storage: Store the container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid areas with high humidity, as it can affect the texture of the cookies.
Refrigeration (if necessary): Depending on the filling, especially if it contains dairy or perishable ingredients like fresh fruit, you may want to refrigerate the alfajores. Dulce de leche, for example, can sometimes benefit from refrigeration. However, note that refrigeration can affect the texture of the cookies, so if possible, bring them to room temperature before serving.
Freezing (if necessary): Alfajores can often be successfully frozen. If you plan to freeze them, place them in an airtight container or wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag. Thaw them in the refrigerator before bringing them to room temperature.
Separate Flavors: If you're storing different flavors of alfajores together, consider keeping flavors separate to prevent them from absorbing each other's aromas.
Avoid Strong Odors: Keep alfajores away from strong-smelling foods, as they can absorb odors easily.
Consume Within a Reasonable Timeframe: While alfajores can be stored for some time, it's best to consume them within a reasonable timeframe to enjoy them at their freshest.
INGREDIENTS FOR YIELDS
1 1/3 cups (165g) Flour
1½ cups + 1 tablespoon (200g) Cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 cup (120g) Powdered sugar
150g Butter softened, cut into cubes
3 Egg yolks, large (or 4 medium)
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 jar Dulce de leche
Preheat oven to 160C (325F). line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl cream together softened butter and powdered sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract, and mix until combined and smooth.
Add cornstarch, flour, salt, baking powder and mix until incorporated.
Shape the dough into a smooth disk, wrap it and Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch (1/2cm) thickness. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch (5cm) cookie cutter or a glass. Reroll leftover dough and cut more biscuits.
Place on prepared baking tray and bake for about 8-10 minutes, the cookies should stay pale on top. Allow to cool completely.
Transfer the dulce de leche into a piping bag and pipe over one cookie, gently close and create a sandwich.
For decoration roll the cookies in desiccated coconut or dust with powdered sugar.