The caramel cookies They are the most traditional and famous sweets in many Latin American countries, such as Uruguay, Peru, Chile, and especially in Argentina. The word ‘alfajor’ comes from Arabic and means ‘filling’. It is two or more cookies filled with dulce de leche, jellies or jams.
On this occasion, we teach you how to prepare cornstarch alfajores, a lifelong Argentine recipe that you can prepare with the children, for dessert, a snack or for a special occasion such as a birthday party. How about?
- 300 gr. cornstarch (from the Maizena brand)
- 150 gr. of sugar / 100 gr. icing sugar
- 3 yolks
- 200 gr. butter or margarine (room temperature)
- 200 gr. wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon (soup) yeast
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
1- In a bowl, sift the cornstarch, flour, bicarbonate and yeast. Reserve.
2- In another bowl, mix the butter or soft margarine with the sugar. Shake.
3- When the mixture is homogeneous, add the yolks, one by one, continuing to beat.
4- Then, add the vanilla essence and the lemon zest. Mix everything well.
5- Put the two mixtures together carefully, knead them and work them with your hands until a dough is formed.
6- With the help of a kitchen rolling pin, roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is ½ cm thick.
7- With the help of a small round mold, cut medallions of about 4 cm in diameter.
8- Arrange the medallions on a baking sheet and take them to the preheated oven at 180 degrees, for about 15 minutes.
9- When the medallions have golden edges, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
10- To form the alfajores you will only have to fill two medallions with the dulce de leche and then sprinkle them with icing sugar.
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