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Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookies)

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If you don’t know what alfajores are, they are dulce de leche filled cookies from South America. Surprisingly, they are made with cornstarch, which gives them a soft and crumbly texture. It’s difficult to eat just one!

Recipe:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups corn starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Place flour, corn starch and baking powder in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, mix the butter and granulated sugar until well combined. Add the egg yolks one at a time.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture.
  4. Finally, add the heavy cream and mix until the dough is soft but not sticky. Cover the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a flat, floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is about 1/4″thick and cut with a cookie cutter. (If dough is too sticky, add more flour.)
  6. Bake cookies on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 mins until the cookies are firm and golden on the bottom.
  7. Let the cookies cool.
  8. Flip the cookies upside down and spread with about 2 tsp of dulce de leche. Recipe here. Place a second cookie on top and gently press to create a sandwich.
  9. Dust cookies with powdered sugar before serving.

*Thanks to my mom for the recipe!*

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Dulce de Leche Recipe

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If you’ve never tried dulce de leche, then you are seriously missing out. If you don’t know what Dulce de Leche is, it’s a rich confection made by heating sweetened condensed milk. You can eat it on cookies or crackers, use it to fill cupcakes, or just eat it on it’s own! There are many different ways to make dulce de leche. I like to make it on the stovetop. Normally, I have my mom’s pressure cooker and cooking time only takes an hour. However, if you don’t own a pressure cooker, you can still make dulce de leche by following these steps.

Stove-top Dulce de Leche Recipe

1. Start by removing the label from your can of sweetened condensed milk.
2. Pierce three holes at the top of the can in a triangle formation. *This step is critical as it helps release the pressure from the heat, preventing the can from exploding.*
3. Place the can in a pot, and fill it with water 3/4 of the way up the side of the can.
4. Bring the water to a simmer and let the milk cook for about 3-4 hours. (Longer if you want a thicker consistency.) I usually cook mine for approximately 4 hours. If milk comes out of the piercings at the top of the can, make sure it doesn’t spill over.
5. Use tongs to remove the can from the water, and place it somewhere to cool.
6. Mix the dulce de leche until it is smooth. Let it cool before refrigerating.

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