Alfajores {AKA Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies}…and Welcome to the New Site!

12.20.2012

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Wahoo! Yipee! At last I’m no longer a blogspot! I need to give a big thank you to Cre8d Design. I couldn’t have worked with a better design company to create this new blog! They are so very talented and amazing at what they do. They were so friendly and efficient to work with and they created exactly what I was looking for. They built this site from scratch, so it was customized to be just what I wanted (can you tell I like the Martha Stewart blue and fancy things?). To any of you looking for a blog or website designer I would highly recommend Cre8d Design! You won’t be disappointed. Please have a look around the new Cooking Classy. My new favorite pages, the Recipes and Recipe Box. My recipes finally have some real organization to them! And with the Recipe Box from Ziplist, you can save recipes, not just from my site but many others (such as Martha Stewart, Gooseberry Patch and Simply Recipes). It has other wonderful features, such as creating a shopping list, so be sure to check it out. Some other wonderful and highly needed features are the print button and pin button along with each recipe. Now you can print recipes without getting pages of unnecessary images and information. You can also search my site with a more friendly Google search box which is displayed in the upper right. Also, the site is now configured to automatically update facebook and Twitter (I hardly ever updated them in the past), so please follow along!

I’ve been posting to Cooking Classy for just over a year and I’m so grateful for the way it has grown and for the readership from those of you following. This blog has unintentionally turned into a work from home job for me. It is a job I so passionately love, which I am also very grateful for. I hope you all continue to follow along and love what you find and create from Cooking Classy.

Seeing as a celebration was in order for such an exciting website launch, I decided it was time to post Alfajores. Many of you may be asking, what are Alfajores? Alfajores are a traditional cookie found in Argentina, other parts of Latin America and Spain. I discovered these gourmet confections thanks to my Husband whom served a 2 year LDS Mission in Argentina. When we first got married I really wanted to impress him and make some fancy Argentine dishes and these were one of them. I have loved them ever since. They most definitely are one of my favorite kinds of cookies. I can’t understand why these delicious, caramel, coconut and lemon flavored, shortbread like cookies aren’t popular here in the United States. These cookies melt in your mouth! Some people refer to them as Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies but shouldn’t we give them their proper name? Besides it’s so much more fun to say, alpha-HORE-ays, than that other long name given. I made this recipe to be a little bit more than the traditional Alfajor. I added in some extracts and chose to add various toppings rather than just going with a plain, un-coated Alfajor. Much of the time you will find them rolled in coconut (which is definitely one of my favorite topping choices) but I like to give people options, and how could I leave out sprinkles? Now let’s celebrate, and go make Alfajores!

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Alfajores

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Alfajores

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp coconut extract, optional (use 1/2 tsp for more coconut flavor)
  • a few tsp lemon juice, as needed
  • 1 can Dulce de Leche (I've used homemade before too)
  • Various toppings for coating*

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Mix in lemon zest. Add in egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition until well blended. Mix in vanilla and coconut extract. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined and dough starts to come together, adding a few tsp lemon juice if needed (dough will be fairly dry, I didn't need to add it but I tried adding a little bit to the second half of the dough to compare cookie texture. Just note it will increase the lemon flavor in the cookie). Shape dough into a ball, cover ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour until dough is easy enough to work with.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll chilled dough out between to large sheets of parchment or wax paper to 1/6-inch thickness (I worked with half the dough at a time). Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter (sometimes I use a heart shape instead), cut dough into circles then using a wide knife (such as a Santoku knife), slide knife along the bottom of the cutout cookie (or you can just pick them up, I just always found I get less breakage using a knife) and transfer cookie to a Silpat lined or buttered cookie sheets (fitting 15 per sheet) bake in preheated oven for 10 - 11 minutes. Allow cookies 5 minutes to cool on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool cookies completely then spread a layer of Dulce de Leche over the bottom side of one cookie, then sandwich to the bottom side of another cookie. Spread a thin layer of Dulce de Leche around the round edge of the cookie, then roll in desired topping. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • *Here are a few of the toppings I like to use:
  • sweetened coconut flakes (I like to grind it a little bit in the food processor to a smaller size, which is an optional step)
  • toasted coconut flakes (I used a bag of toasted desiccated coconut I had)
  • finely chopped pecans, toasted if desired
  • sprinkles
  • grated white, milk or semi-sweet chocolate
  • Alternately you don't need to coat the edges at all, you can simply just fill the centers with Dulce de Leche. If desired you can dip to coat or drizzle cookies in white, milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
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36 comments

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Congrats on your new site! Told you that in the comment on the last post when I saw all those posts pop into my Reader!

    Cre8d did an AMAZING job! It’s stunning – seriously, just beautiful! The fact that you went from Blogspot to a custom WP site with Ziplist and all the bells & whistles is awesome. And seriously I thought you were at this for like 3-4 yrs!! 1 year?! Even more amazing – your pics after just a year, WOW! December 21, 2012 at 12:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks again Averie!! They seriously are an awesome design team not to mention they have got some serious coding skills. I hate html I will never understand all of it. How do all the letters, words and symbols come together to create this? And that is why I hired them =). And thanks for the compliment on the pics! I really have so much to learn about photography and I’m hoping to upgrade soon to the Canon 5d and 24-70 mm lens and a 100mm macro because for now all I have is the 50mm macro. The upgrades are a pricey investment for a camera but they take such pretty photos. Aren’t those similar to what you have? December 21, 2012 at 12:48am Reply

      • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Canon 5d mark II (now they have the mark III) and a 24-70 mm lens is what I have! I also have the 50 mm 1.2 and between that camera body and those 2 lenses, I have no need for anything else! I love them both. The 50mm is sharper but the focal distance is farther, and I can get right up on top my food with the 24-70mm. Email me if you wanna chat :) December 21, 2012 at 3:42pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Yeah I thought that’s what you have. I ready from plate to pixel when I started this blog and I’ve decided I just want the exact equipment she uses because her photography is flawless. Thanks for your comment I may be e-mailing you if I have a question =) thanks! December 22, 2012 at 9:53am Reply

  • Laurie: Your new design looks great! I love it…very classy! :-) December 21, 2012 at 7:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laurie! I’m so glad you think so! December 21, 2012 at 2:13pm Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: Your new site is beautiful…love the design and colors!!! Congrats…and to have this developed into your new job that is awesome…keep the wonderful recipes coming just love your blog!!!

    and these cookies look fabulous…so pretty and perfect…your glazed doughnut muffins are in my oven cooking as I type this :-) December 21, 2012 at 7:51am Reply

  • Melissa @ Bless This Mess: LOVE the new site!!! I’m so excited for you. And I am so glad you posted this. My sister is in Argentina right now on her mission and wrote me once and told me I better figure out how to make these because they are awesome. So this is the perfect place to start! Thanks! December 21, 2012 at 1:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Melissa! I hope you do get a chance to try these cookies I adore them! A side note, I actually like them after they’ve rested a few hours, these are actually one baked good I love the next day even. The cookie seems to soak up the dulce de leche a little and they become softer. I wish mine weren’t all gone! They don’t last long around here. December 21, 2012 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Wow, I just want to bite into that stack of alfajores! December 21, 2012 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: I love the new site! It fits the name of your site perfectly. . .classy! December 21, 2012 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Jessica =)! December 21, 2012 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Yay!! Congrats on the new site! It’s gorgeous! I knew that you would do it eventually. :) Your alfajores look amazing. Time for me to try and make some :) PS: One year??? Really?? WOW! December 21, 2012 at 3:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anna! December 24, 2012 at 3:33pm Reply

  • Clarissa: Love Alfajores! I will definitely try this recipe. Congratulations on your new site. I will be visiting often. December 22, 2012 at 12:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Clarissa! I’m so glad to have you visiting =)! December 23, 2012 at 10:04am Reply

  • Rachel: Would you mind if I ask the cost of creating the site? It looks really amazing! Congrats! December 22, 2012 at 12:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachel! If you check out their site you can find the starting price and that’s what I paid =). I think you get what you pay for and more with them. I would highly highly recommend cre8d they are AMAZING!
      Here’s the link: http://www.cre8d-design.com/services/ December 22, 2012 at 2:55pm Reply

      • Rachael: Thanks!! I’m so impressed by the look of your new design and I’m trying to talk my hubs into going for it. March will be 1 year for me, and I’d love a more professional look for sure!! December 22, 2012 at 3:24pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachael – You should totally do it! Although your blog does look great as it is! December 24, 2012 at 3:37pm Reply

  • marla: These cookies are so fun & your site re-design looks GREAT!! Congrats! December 22, 2012 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Marla! December 22, 2012 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Cupcake Crazy Gem: Jaclyn, these look so delish! love all the different coatings around the edge! and the new blog looks great too! Just wanted to wish you a happy Christmas and to tell you that your blog has been one of my most favourite blog of 2012, I’ve pinned nearly half your recipes! Keep up the yummy work! December 26, 2012 at 9:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much that is so nice of you to say! I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog =)! Thanks for all the pins too. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! December 27, 2012 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen: Loving the new site. So proud of you and your hard work Jaclyn. Your site is amazing and so are you! xo January 1, 2013 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Monique, that is so nice of you to say =)! I’m so excited to see what you make in 2013 – Happy New Year! January 2, 2013 at 8:10pm Reply

  • Alina: I saw this picture on Pinterest! My family is from Argentina so I’m always excited when someone outside of Argentina posts about Argentine food!

    I love the sprinkle idea around the alfajores! What a cool alternative to coconut and the presentation itself is awesome. Love it! January 11, 2013 at 8:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Alina! I love to see posts about food from Argentina and any other country! It’s so exciting to taste all the foods from different countries and Argentina has some incredible foods/recipes! My husband and I went to a Argentine restaurant while on vacation once and it was amazing and authentic. Loved it. I wish I could make empanadas as good as you Argentines do =). January 13, 2013 at 7:45pm Reply

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  • PAULITA: OOOOH,your Alfajores looks better than I´ve ever seen here in Argentina.
    Beautifull Blog & Recipes.Congrats from
    the very south of the earth.xxx March 16, 2013 at 9:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Paulita =) that’s so nice of you to say! March 16, 2013 at 9:41pm Reply

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  • Snezhana: I was wondering, are these chewy cookies or more crunchy? September 5, 2014 at 12:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They are more chewy (not quite like a chocolate chip cookie though) maybe somewhere in the middle of a chocolate chip cookie and shortbread. Thanks for reminding me I need to make these again, they are a family favorite! September 5, 2014 at 3:21pm Reply

      • Snezhana: Just took a batch out of the oven, waiting for them to cool so I can assemble them :) September 6, 2014 at 12:38pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I hope you love them :)! September 6, 2014 at 2:12pm Reply

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