Peruvian Cuisine: Dulce De Leche Cookies (Alfajor)

The last item which Erika shared with us is a cookie filled with dulce de leche called Alfajor.  Erika made this cookies for his son’s school party and it was a hit.  Many parents asked for the recipe.  Dulce De Leche is a caramel like spread that can be made by simmering sweetened condensed milk in the can for hours.  But, we are very lucky that we can find them in jars in Real Canadian Superstore for about $3.


The Dulce De Leche Cookies (Alfajor) is very delicate and they just melt in your mouth with the caramel sweetness lingering in the mouth.  I enjoyed the cookies very much as I have sweet tooth.


  • 1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of corn starch (or more)
  • 225 gm unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • Dulce de leche (manjarbalnco) for filings



Alfajour-3-300x200Combine butter, flour and confections sugar in a mixing bowl.  Blend with a fork or a pastry blender.

Finish the kneading by hands on the counter until a uniform dough is obtained.

Alfajour-4-300x200Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Alfajour-5-300x200Roll the dough on a flour surface.  Cut circles with a round cookie cutter.  If the dough is too soft to roll out, you may need to add more cornstarch.  It depends on the temperature of your kitchen.  The warmer the kitchen, the softer the dough will be.  We added quite a lot of cornstarch in order to roll the dough out.
Alfajour-6-300x200Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven to cool.
Alfajour-7-300x200To assemble, take one of the cookie and gently spread with dulce de leche.  The cookie is very delicate and can crumble easily.
Alfajour-8-300x200Top with another cookie.  Repeat until all the cookies are filled.
Alfajour-9-300x200Sprinkle the cookies with sifted confectioners sugar and serve.

Erika, thank you so much for sharing in the South Arm Community Kitchen.

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  1. Quinn

    The alfajor pic of yours totally look like the one on the dulche de leche jar! Looks really really sweet and yummy!!!

  2. Lau

    In Argentinian we call them “alfajorcitos de maizena”. There are a lot of alfajor varieties and they are sold in every store with all kinds of fillings and toppings.

  3. BBGG

    The Argentinean version has coconut powder around the edges, yummy!

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