These lovely alfajores were prepared by my friend Laura from Cali, Colombia, and were shared among good friends along with laughs and great stories… good times! Here’s Laura’s recipe:
Ingredients: 3 cups corn starch 2 cups flour 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 pound butter (450 grams) Dulce de Leche for filling Confectioners sugar to decorate
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: corn starch, flour and confectioners sugar, then add the melted butter and knead until thoroughly combined. Extend the dough with a rolling-pin, leaving it approximately between 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch thick. Proceed to cut small circles using a cookie cutter or a small glass, place on a baking sheet previously brushed with butter, and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until you see the bottom border of the cookies begin to brown. Make sure the cookies themselves don’t brown, they should keep their white colour. Let the cookies cool well, then proceed to make little sandwiches by placing some Dulce de Leche between 2 cookies. Decorate with confectioners sugar. Yields approximately 40 alfajores, depending on the size of the cookies.
Note: If you can’t find Dulce de Leche you can cook an unopened can of condensed milk in a large pot with simmering water at mid-heat for about 3 hours, making sure the water covers the can at all times.