Alfajores de maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

Anything with Dulce De Leche is always good! This recipe is a wonderful Argentinian cookie recipe shared by our foodie friend, Carina Duclos. Carina is Argentinian and this recipe is one of her favorite family recipes. Ideal for Christmas, or a celebration, these cookies are always popular.

The recipe itself is very straightforward and simple to follow. The ingredients may seem a little unusual if you aren't used to Latin American cooking, and here, we use cornstarch as the main flour, and powdered sugar, as the sweetener.

There are also 3 eggs and 2 egg yolks, which will give the cookie a wonderful rich texture. You will end up with a lovely rich buttery shortbread type of cookie with a fine texture that simply melts in your mouth!

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Most if not all the ingredients will likely be in your pantry already, so this is a handy recipe to have!

Carina buys very good quality Dulce De Leche for her baking, you can of course make your own dulce de leche, using our recipe. It's straightforward and easy to do.

What are alfajores made of?

The basic ingredients consist of cornstarch, powdered sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, eggs, and dulce de leche

What countries eat alfajores?

Alfajores are enjoyed in Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil. Each country has a slightly different take on its own version.

Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

So if you fancy making some cookies with your pantry ingredients, or you want something a little different, add these to your holiday baking, serve on cookie trays and enjoy!

Recipe by Carina Duclos

Prep Time

1 hour 30 minutes (includes chill time)

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serving Size

26

Ingredients

200g or 7 oz of soft butter
200g or 7 oz icing (powdered) sugar
3 eggs and 2 yolks
1 tsp of good quality vanilla
600g or 21 oz cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
500g or 17 oz dulce de leche (you can buy ready made or make your own using our easy recipe)
200g or 2 cups of sweetened shredded coconut

  • I do 500g (17.5 oz) of cornstarch and 100g (3.5 oz) all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar,
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), creaming butter and sugar
  • add eggs, add yolks and mix well. Add vanilla.
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), adding eggs to batter
  • In separate bowl mix the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the the butter and egg mixture and mix well.
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), showing batter after flour added
  • Rest in fridge for an hour.
  • Roll to a minimum thickness of 1/4 inch (6mm).
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), showing thickness of cookie before baking
  • Cut circles. (I use a 6 cm (2 1-4inches diameter cutter).
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), dough rolled out, cut cookies
  • Bake at 350F or 180C for 10 min. Do not over-bake. Take them out at 10 min.
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), cookies on baking sheet
  • Tip: I usually put the trays with the cookies in the fridge for 5/10min before putting them in the oven to help to control the spreading.
  • Place the cookies on a rack and let them be totally cold.
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), on cooling rack
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), showimng color of cookie after baking
  • Place a tbsp of dulce de leche on half of the cookies and make the sandwiches
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), adding dulce de leche

by spreading the dulce de leche over the cookie

Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), spreading dulce de leche

then adding the top cookie over the dulce de leche layer to form the sandwich.

Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), adding top cookie to form a sandwich
  • Then spread a very very thin layer of dulce de leche around the cookies (enough for the coconut to stick to it) and roll it on coconut.
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), roll sides of cookie in dulce de leche
Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies), roll in coconut
  • Keep in the fridge for better quality.
  • Tip: place the jar of dulce the leche in the fridge the day before for easier handling of the spread.
    Note that using the 2 1/4 inch cutter and 1/4 inch thickness this recipe yields approximately 26 or 27 alfajores
Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

Should alfajores be refrigerated?

Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until firm enough to roll. If you don't want to use the dough right away, you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to a month, then thaw it overnight in the fridge.

Can you freeze alfajores?

This Alfajor Cookie Recipe is perfect for making ahead for the holiday season. You can make the cookie dough, cut the cookies, and freeze the cookie discs unbaked for up to 2 months

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other ingredients? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

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Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

Alfajores De Maicena (cornstarch alfajores cookies)

Yield: 26
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Alfajores De Maicena, delicious melt-in-the-mouth buttery shortbread cookies from Argentina, made with cornstarch and filled with Dulce de Leche then rolled in coconut.

Ingredients

  • 200g or 7 oz of soft butter
  • 200g or 7 oz icing (powdered) sugar
  • 3 eggs and 2 yolks
  • 1 tsp of good quality vanilla
  • 600g or 21 oz cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500g or 17 oz dulce de leche
  • 200g or 2 cups of sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

    1. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, add yolks and mix well. Add vanilla.
    2. In separate bowl mix the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt.
    3. Add the the butter and egg mixture and mix well.
    4. Rest in fridge for an hour.
    5. Roll to a minimum thickness of 1/4 inch (6mm). Cut circles. (I use a 6 cm (2 1-4inches diameter cutter).
    6. Bake at 350F or 180C for 10 min. Do not over-bake. Take them out at 10 min.
      Tip: I usually put the trays with the cookies in the fridge for 5/10min before putting them in the oven to help to control the spreading.
    7. Place the cookies on a rack and let them be totally cold.
    8. Place a tbsp of dulce de leche on half of the cookies and make the sandwiches.
    9. Then spread a very very thin layer of dulce de leche around the cookies (enough for the coconut to stick to it) and roll it on coconut.
    10. Keep in the fridge for better quality.

Notes

  1. Note that I do 500g (17.5 oz) of cornstarch and 100g (3.5 oz) all purpose flour
  2. Tip: place the jar of dulce the leche in the fridge the day before for easier handling of the spread.
  3. Using the 2 1/4 inch cutter and 1/4 inch thickness this recipe yields approximately 26 or 27 alfajores
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 26 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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