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Video:How to Make Alfajores

with Krystyna Rittichier

Alfajores are a delicious South American dessert that guests and family will love. Watch this About.com video to see how they are made, so that you can replicate the recipe at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Alfajores

Hi. I'm Krystyna Rittichier and today I'll show you how to make Alfajores. Alfajores are a South American caramel and coconut cookie sandwich. You can eat the Alfajores right away for a crisp cookie with a soft filling, or you can serve the alfajores several days later when the cookies soften and blend with the texture of the filling.

Ingredients for Alfajores

For alfajores you will need:

  • 1 ¾ cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2 tbsp pisco or brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup toasted coconut, finely chopped

Instructions for Making Alfajores

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter. Cut the butter into chunks and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or with your hands. Add the powdered sugar, pisco or brandy and vanilla extract and knead it into a smooth dough with your hands. Roll the dough out to a ⅜ inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 inch circles. Place the dough circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cooking the Cookies for Alfajores

Place the cookies in the oven to cook 10 to 15 minutes. The cookies are done when a very light golden color is achieved. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely.

Putting Together the Alfajores

Add the dulce de leche to one cookie, then top it with another cookie to make a sandwich. Roll the sides in toasted coconut. The alfajores are ready to serve.

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