Alfajores are South American cookies – they’re quite similar to a shortbread regarding the texture and have the same crumbly characteristic. Traditionally these buttery cookies are rolled in coconut flakes but I like to take these delicious cookies to the next level and drizzle them with melted milk chocolate.
I dare you to try and eat just one! I’d never tried or made Alfajores before writing this post, so it was all new recipe territory for me. I didn’t know how they were going to turn out but they turned out really well and I will definitely be making these again very soon!
I tried one straight from the oven I couldn’t believe how good it tasted, adding caramel and chocolate would make these amazing, so I did just that!
1 cup cornflour
3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
120g unsalted butter, really soft
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 free range egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Dulce de leche, roughly 200g but you might like a bit more
Roughly 50g melted chocolate, milk or dark
1. Cream the really soft butter and sugar together for about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Then add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix to combine. Now add the cornflour, plain flour, baking powder and soda and the salt, and mix until a soft dough comes together. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
2. When your ready to bake the biscuits, preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Line two large baking trays with baking parchment or another non-stick paper. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a plain or fluted 2 inch cookie cutter, cut rounds out of the dough- you should get roughly 30 rounds. Then place these on the tray and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until just lightly coloured- watch the cookies as they will change colour very quickly in the last few minutes!
3. Once cooked, cool completely on a wire. To decorate, fill half the cookies with some dulce de leche. Then sandwich together with the other cookie halves. Then now either roll in coconut flakes or dip in chocolate.
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