Alfajores

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins

Easy

makes 30

These melt-in-the-mouth shortbread-like cookies originate from South America and are filled with dulce de leche and rolled in desiccated coconut

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal157
  • fat7g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour
  • 300g corn flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 150g caster sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp Cognac
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 450g jar dulce de leche
  • 50g desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Combine the flour, corn flour and baking powder together in a bowl with a pinch of salt. Using a food mixer or an electric whisk in another bowl beat the butter together with the sugar and lemon zest until very pale. Add the egg yolks followed by the Cognac and vanilla extract. Beat in the dry ingredients until you have smooth dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 1 hour. You can make the biscuit dough the day before and leave in the fridge.

  2. Line two large baking trays with baking parchment. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin then cut out 60 biscuits with a 5cm round or fluted cutter. Put the biscuits back in the fridge for 20 mins to firm up.

  3. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Bake the biscuits for 8 mins until just set. You want the biscuits to stay pale with a crumbly texture. Leave to cool completely before sandwiching two biscuits together with a spoonful of dulce de leche. Once all the biscuits are sandwiched together roll in desiccated coconut.

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Comments (3)

c.a.g's picture
5

very tasty recipe. Needed 10 minutes in the oven instead of 8 and would recommend putting even more than the recommended amount of dulce de leche, as that's what everyone likes best.

Rebeccacrumpler's picture
5

Great recipe and everyone loved them! I didn't have any Cognac so left that out but they turned out fine. Next time I will be a bit more generous with the caramel, I started off putting in smaller amounts (a level teaspoon) in case I run out but I ended up having lots left over.

blackyjnz's picture

Great recipe - can't wait to try it out!

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