Have you been to Argentina? When I was there a few years ago, Aaron and I ate chocolate-covered alfajores every single day. Alfajores are delicious in their simplicity: two buttery cookies with a layer of dulce de leche in the middle.
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If you buy alfjores pre-made in Argentina, they’re covered in chocolate. The crumbly cookie, smooth dulce de leche, and chocolate make a satisfying, yet not overly sweet treat (especially with coffee).
Ok, now I’m just making myself want to go back to Argentina!
Even though I have fond memories of eating alfajores in Argentina, I hadn’t thought about making them at home until I was chatting with my new friend Rosemary at the Women in Travel Summit last spring. She mentioned having eaten homemade alfajores in Argentina, and that’s when I realized just how easy they are to make at home!
The alfajores ingredients list is small and it only takes a few minutes to mix the dough. You can make them plain, with coconut or covered in chocolate. I made plain and coconut alfajores and found them both delicious. Keep a can of dulce de leche in your pantry for when you get an alfajores craving!
- The alfajores cookies are delicate and will break easily. Be very careful when transferring them from the baking sheet to the cooling rack and when spreading the dulce de leche.
- These alfajores taste different than the ones I remember eating in Argentina, but that could be due to the lack of chocolate covering. I’d planned to dip my alfajores in chocolate but after half of the broke when I added the dulce de leche, I decided against it. If you’re very careful and take your time, you might have better luck!