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Nothing defines the holiday season or evokes warm memories like cookies. While you’ve likely got a few family favorites, this indulgent, rich, sweet recipe for Alfajores [ahl-fa-HOH-rehs] will surely be added to your list. This delicate sandwich cookie has a sweet dulce de leche surprise inside.


Alfajores are arguably the most famous Argentinean dessert, made, surprisingly, with cornstarch
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alfajores, dulce de leche, Mint Shortbread Cookies, sandwich cookies, South American Treats, Treats
Servings: 25
Calories: 159kcal


  • Flour Sifter, 5-Cup
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pastry Board
  • Steel Cooling Rack



  • 1 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Table salt
  • ½ tsp. Baking powder


  • 1 ½ Sticks unsalted butter (12 Tbsp.), softened 
  • cup Sugar


  • 4 Egg yolks 
  • 1 tsp. Packed minced orange zest


  • 1 can Purchased dulce de leche (13.4 oz.) 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add egg yolks and zest; beat until combined. Add half the flour mixture and blend just to combine; repeat with remaining flour mixture. Divide dough in half, shape into disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilling overnight, let dough come nearly to room temperature before rolling out.)
  • Roll a dough disk on a floured surface to ⅛- to ¼-inch thick. Cut dough using a 2-inch square or round cookie cutter; transfer to prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Repeat rolling and cutting, rerolling scraps once.
  • Bake cookies until edges are lightly golden, about 14 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 1 minute, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • Scoop 2 tsp. dulce de leche onto half the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. Lightly dust tops of sandwich cookies with cocoa powder.


Per cookie, Calories: 159

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories159
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 4g 20%
  • Cholesterol 48mg 16%
  • Sodium 85mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
    • Protein 2g 4%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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