Easy Homemaade ALFAJORS

Alfajore CookiesWhen my granddaughter came home from a summer abroad in Argentina, she brought home with her some Alfajores cookies to share with the family. In Argentina, alfajores are considered their national cookie that is eaten all year long at any time of day.

Havanna was the brand of these wonderful cookies that are coated in chocolate, and each cookie was individually foiled wrapped like a little treasure. My first bite melted in my mouth and reminded me of little moon pies. These cookies were so good and everyone helped polish off the box of cookies.

I needed to find out where I could get more of these cookies, but alas the Havanna brand are difficult to find in the states. They can be ordered online now from Amazon but are very expensive. If you ever go to Argentina, try these wonderful cookies! I have researched and found several cookies recipes for Alfajores and adapted the following recipe.

Plan on setting aside a full afternoon to make these cookies since they take some preparation and assembly work resulting in a very rich tasting cookie. If you can hold off to wait a full day before eating, the taste and texture improves as the Dulce de leche softens the cookie so it melts in your mouth. These can be a wonderful treat for a special occasion or to give as gifts.

  • 20 small alfajores come out
  • 85gr butter
  • Half orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons rum/whiskey (optional)
  • 250gr flour 0000
  • Baking powder 1 teaspoon
  • 50 gr cornstarch (if you don’t have it, you can replace it with flour)
  • 80gr of sugar (I used black but it can be white too)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 20gr bitter cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • DDL confectioner 400gr
  • white choco pastry bath 300gr. Or the one you have at home available


Preparation method:
We mix the ointment butter with the zest of 🍊 and with the sugar. Then we incorporate the essence of vanilla, honey and rum.
Once it is well integrated we add the egg. Finally we are going to incorporate all the dry ones (bitter cocoa, flour, cornstarch, baking powder) that if you can sift them, the better.  add them in parts integrating with a spatula and when it is very thick, with the hand.
form a bun (DO NOT knead, I just put everything together well) and we take it well covered to the refrigerator 40 ‘before stretching.  stretch on the counter with a little flour, and cut with the circular cutter or with a cup of coffee.
We take to an oiled plate and to a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approx 10 ‘(they only have to brown just below). Let it cool at room temperature. We take a cap, put with a sleeve or with a spoon dulce de leche and close by putting the other cap.
For the chocolate coating, we cut the pieces, and take it to the microwave for 30 second intervals and stir until it is well liquid and without lumps. I used Alpine Chocolate, which is the most😋. We put an alfajor inside the chocolate and we help ourselves with two forks and we go around it. Let cool on a rack, or greased aluminum foil.

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