Alfajores

by Megan on January 30, 2014

Alfajores // take a megabite

As a valentine, would this cookie work with a card that said “I’d alfajore like you to be my valentine.” Is that a stretch? I think that one of these in a cellophane bag is the just the thing to tell someone they’re bomb.

I popped all of these (except for the sample cookie, obvz) in the freezer for a cookie emergency of the “Shucks, you’re the best!” variety. I think these cookies are cute enough to communicate all these feelings I’ve been feeling since 1984, don’t you?

Alfajores // take a megabite

I’d like to warn you that the weather is cold and dry. So my hair is staticky and all that. So maybe that’s why this dough was a touch crumbly. If you feel it needs a bit more moisture just drizzle in a little bit of milk, but these guys worked out! And the dough still held together when pressed so these are really quite drama-free. Just thought I’d tell you about my staticky hair and then relate it to these cookies somehow.

Alfajores // take a megabite

Alfajores (makes about 1 dozen)
Recipe from Technicolor Kitchen via Hungry Girl Por Vida

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 (13.4 oz) can dulce de leche, for sandwiching
  • 1/2 -1 cup toasted coconut, for sandwiching
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and the sugar until lightened in color and fluffy. Add the yolks one at a time. Scrape the bowl and mix in the vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients until the dough comes together. It may look like crumbs, but will come together when pressed.
  3. Pour out onto a floured surface. Knead a bit to bring the dough together. Roll out until 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just beginning to look golden, but still pale in color. Cool completely and then fill with dulce de leche and toasted coconut. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Enjoy!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Dulce De Leche // take a megabite

 I think I need shoes the color of dulce de leche.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah January 30, 2014 at 1:08 am

These look perfect. They make me FEEL all the feelings I’ve had since 1984.

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} January 30, 2014 at 7:22 am

I want someone to make these for me for Valentine’s Day. They look insanely good!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 30, 2014 at 8:16 am

These are gorgeous!! Perfect Valentine’s Day cookie ever. I’d alfajore like you to send me a dozen, please.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 30, 2014 at 8:25 am

Oh, I alfajore these cookies! I would be totally tickled to receive one of these from a Valentine. Adorable and delicious treats are totally my jam!

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Robyn January 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

I made these at Christmas, and I had to add a bit of water to make the dough come together, but they rolled out perfectly. Did you see Deb’s post for homemade dulce de leche on Smitten Kitchen? I want to try that next!

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Tieghan January 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

Amazing! This filling combo is to good for words! Loving it!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

LOVE! Is it weird that I’m super excited to see what you have in store for Valentine’s day?? : )

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Cindy January 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

I HEART these, for real.

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Nicole January 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

Oh man, those are so pretty! Love the shredded coconut sides!

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Billy January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I can guarantee anyone would win my heart if they gave me a batch of these for valentine’s day for real.

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Laura Dembowski January 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I have never had alfajores. But these are calling my name!

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Kristen January 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I just made these and they are cooling as we speak. I must piggy back on the comment that said that they made these for Christmas. I followed this recipe to the tee and I am a seasoned baker, the dough was way too crumbly to just press together and it will hold. I ended up adding about 1/4 cup (scant) of milk to the mixture. At that point then the kneading worked. The dough was easy to roll out and the rest of the cookies cut and baked well. Nice idea to switch up Alfajores which I love. Easy recipe but definitely some liquid is needed. Thanks for sharing.

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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness January 31, 2014 at 7:58 am

I have never heard of these cookies..but with dulce de leche and coconut these have got to rock my socks! And, they are SO adorbs!

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Tiana January 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

It’s incredible that I came and saw this today because just last night I was wanting something else to make with the masa harina I bought for the beer chili! And I’ve also been looking for something sweet to make my hubby! AND, Ive been sad that I’m not more in touch with my Latina heritage (sure, I’m Mexican and I think Alfajores are more Spanish, but I’m counting it) But I came to ask, are corn flour and corn starch the same thing? I want to make these right now, should I buy corn starch?

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Becky @ A Calculated Whisk February 2, 2014 at 12:14 am

Cornstarch and masa harina are different. Masa is made from whole corn kernels, but cornstarch is just the starch extracted from them. I don’t think masa would be a good sub here because the textures are not the same.

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Tiana February 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Thank you, Becky!

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Sydney January 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I would like to drizzle these with chocolate and pretend I’m eating the cousin of a “Samoa/Caramel Delight”. Or maybe big brother. Either way, I’m in.

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Amy | Club Narwhal January 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I feel like with cookies as gorgeous as these you can add “alfajores” to basically any sentence and be good to go. I also feel like it would be a zesty verb to use: “I alfajores you” would be even up a level from “I love you,” right? Can’t get over that dulce de leche + toasted coconut combo!

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Alyssa @ My Sequined Life February 1, 2014 at 2:43 am

I’ve never had an alfajore before, but I think that needs to change. Dulce de leche and toasted coconut together in one cookie recipe? Be still my heart. <3

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Sophie February 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

These look ridiculously good! I am so making them to take to my next NHS meeting!
xoxo
Sophie

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Emily @ Life on Food February 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I hope I get some of these from my sweetheart. Would sending him the link be too much?

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Justine Kaitlyn @prettyinpistachio February 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

These look so adorable! Great photography

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