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Alfajores with Caramel Filling

Alfajores with Caramel Filling
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 10

The recipe of delicious and irresistible alfajores stuffed with caramel (also known as arequipa or dulce de leche), takes me back to my childhood and the smell of my kitchen when my mother baked these soft cookies, with a little caramel in the middle they make one tasty cookie sandwich. They are the perfect addition to any homemade dessert table on holidays or special occasions. As a stay-at-home mom and chef, I recommend them as a finishing touch for your celebrations. Alfajores are a typical dessert in Spain and parts of Latin America such as Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Mexico. The recipe varies by region, but I'll teach you my own version with my personal touch. You can make them in different sizes and shapes. The contrast between the wafer and dulce de leche filling is delightful! When I prepare alfajores, my daughters can’t resist the lure of the kitchen, but the best thing is that we make them together as a family. The ingredients are simple, and the recipe is easy to prepare. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1/2
cup of flour
1 3/4
cups of cornstarch
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
bar of margarine
1/2
cup of sugar
4
egg yolks
1
teaspoon lemon zest
1/4
teaspoon vanilla extract
1
cup of caramel (arequipe or cajeta)
1/2
cup shredded coconut
Powder sugar, if desired

Directions

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  • 1
    Prepare two baking sheets. Brush with butter and sprinkle with flour.
  • 2
    Preheat the oven to warm (350°F)
  • 3
    Sift the dry ingredients – flour, cornstarch and baking powder.
  • 4
    Put margarine and sugar in bowl. With electric mixer, mix the ingredients to create a smooth cream. Stir in egg yolks while beating, along with the lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in the sifted dry ingredients gradually, until dough has smooth consistency.
  • 5
    Place dough on a floured surface and work it with your hands dividing it into small portions. With a rolling pin stretch the dough to a 1/2 inch thick. Cut the biscuits to the desired shape.
  • 6
    Place cookies on prepped trays and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Don’t let them brown, the cookies should be light-colored.
  • 7
    Let cool and then spread the caramel on top of half the cookies and them place the other cookies on top, forming a sandwich. If desired, top cookies with little caramel and sprinkle with grated coconut or powder sugar.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you have all the ingredients already organized and measured, it will help you during the preparation process and save you time.
  • I recommend using cookie cutters, preferably metal, which come in different shapes and sizes.

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More About This Recipe
  • The recipe of delicious and irresistible alfajores stuffed with caramel (also known as arequipa or dulce de leche), takes me back to my childhood and the smell of my kitchen when my mother baked these soft cookies, with a little caramel in the middle they make one tasty cookie sandwich. They are the perfect addition to any homemade dessert table on holidays or special occasions. As a stay-at-home mom and chef, I recommend them as a finishing touch for your celebrations. Alfajores are a typical dessert in Spain and parts of Latin America such as Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Mexico. The recipe varies by region, but I'll teach you my own version with my personal touch. You can make them in different sizes and shapes. The contrast between the wafer and dulce de leche filling is delightful! When I prepare alfajores, my daughters can’t resist the lure of the kitchen, but the best thing is that we make them together as a family. The ingredients are simple, and the recipe is easy to prepare.

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