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Dulce de Leche Shortbread Sandwich (Dulce de Leche Alfajores)

The Alfajores are cookies that are well known across South America thus they are extremely popular in Argentina; also the Alfajores are made then assembled in a special way in Argentina, as a dulce de leche cookie sandwich as presented here, and there are many other presentations; sometimes people even dip them in chocolate.


* 2 and 1/2 cups flour
* 1 and 1/2 cups cornstarch
* 1 cup softened butter
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 3 egg yolks
* 2 teaspoons yeast
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
* Dulce de leche
* Grated coconut


1) First we pass the cornstarch, the flour and the yeast through a fine-mesh sieve, mixing them together. In a separate bowl whisk the butter and sugar together, and we will add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well each until we get a cream-like substance. Now add the vanilla and lemon zest.

2) After, slowly mix the above ingredients with the flour we had sifted earlier. Put all these ingredients together to become a dough, but without kneading it too much. Let this dough rest for about 15 minutes, covered in the refrigerator.

3) After this time, sprinkle a bit of flour on your working surface, and roll the dough, until it becomes about a quarter inch thick. Cut out 2 inch diameter circles from this surface.

Put them on a greased baking plate and cook the alfajores in the oven for 12 minutes at 325 ˚F (preheated). After this time unmold immediately and allow the shortbread cookies to cool down completely.

To put these alfajores together in authentic argentinian style, take them in pairs and spread one with a generous amount of Dulce de Leche, put the other cookie on top; then roll them in the grated coconut.

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