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Alfajores

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  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
  • Makesabout 30 sandwich cookies
Alfajores

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tbsp brandy

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup dulce de leche

  • 2 tbsp sweetened, shredded coconut, for coating

  • icing sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • WHISK flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

  • BEAT butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium until fluffy, about 3 min. Add egg yolk, brandy and vanilla and beat until combined, 30 sec. Beat in flour mixture on low until just combined.

  • DIVIDE in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Flatten into discs and refrigerate until firm,  1 ½ hr.

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

  • ROLL dough on a large piece of parchment to ¼-in. thickness. Refrigerate on another baking sheet for 20 min. Cut out shapes using a 1 ½-in. round cookie cutter, rerolling scraps and refrigerating as needed. Place cookies ½ in. apart on prepared sheet.

  • BAKE until cookies are firm and bottoms are light golden, 11 to 12 min. Cool for 2 min, then transfer to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • FLIP half of the cookies over and spread 2 tsp dulce de leche on each. Gently sandwich with remaining cookies. Roll sides of cookies in coconut to coat, then dust with icing sugar before serving.

Nutrition (per cookie)

Calories 158, Protein 2g, Carbohydrates 18g, Fat 9g, Sodium 110mg.

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