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Alfajores Argentinos: Authentic Alfajor de Argentina Recipe

The Magic of Alfajores Argentinos

Imagine biting into a crumbly cookie sandwich, filled with creamy dulce de leche and dusted with a touch of powdered sugar. That is the delight of alfajores argentinos, one of South America’s favorite sweets. Originating from the Middle East, these mouth cookies have found a special place in the heart of Argentina. Now, let’s embark on a gastronomic journey to explore the magic of these delectable treats.

Close up shot of a single alfajor de maicena, with dulce de leche oozing out from the sides

History of Alfajores Argentinos

These delicious sandwich cookies trace their roots back to the Middle East, specifically to the culinary traditions of Andalusian Spain. They made their way to Argentina with the Spanish colonizers and rapidly ingrained themselves into the local cuisine. Today, they are a special occasion staple and a beloved afternoon treat across the country.

The Art of Making Alfajores Argentinos

Making alfajores argentinos involves a few key steps. First, the cookie dough is mixed, usually with a large bowl and a wooden spoon. Butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, and vanilla extract are often used in the dough, creating a rich, crumbly cookie. The dough is then wrapped in plastic wrap and left to rest before being rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. After baking to a golden brown perfection, they’re filled with a generous amount of relleno de dulce de leche. The final touch? A dusting of powdered sugar or a dip in white or dark chocolate.

Different Variations of Alfajores

While the classic alfajor is filled with creamy dulce de leche, there are many different filling options. From dulce de membrillo (quince jelly) to miel de caña (cane syrup), the possibilities are endless. There are even chocolate alfajores, with galletas de chocolate cubiertas de chocolate. Whether you’re in Buenos Aires or Mar del Plata, you’re sure to find a different variation that suits your taste buds.

A cup of coffee alongside a plate of alfajores, perfect for an afternoon treat

Alfajores de Maicena: A Special Kind of Alfajores Argentinos

Alfajores de maicena are a unique variety of alfajores argentinos. These cornstarch cookies, also known as cornstarch alfajores, are particularly crumbly and melt in the mouth. With the addition of fécula de maíz (cornstarch) and harina de trigo (wheat flour) to the dough, these cookies have a delightful texture that pairs perfectly with the creamy filling, whether it’s the traditional relleno dulce or a different filling.

Enjoying Alfajores Argentinos

There is no wrong time to enjoy alfajores argentinos. These sweet treats are perfect for an afternoon snack, paired with a buen café (good coffee). They’re also popular during the fiesta nacional (national holidays). Stored in an airtight container, they can last for a while, though they’re so delicious, they rarely stick around that long!

Your Own Alfajores Argentinos Recipe

Creating your own recipe for alfajores argentinos can be a fun and rewarding adventure. You can experiment with different types of dough, variedades de alfajores (varieties of alfajores), and fillings until you find your perfect combination. Just remember, the key to the best alfajores is a rich dulce de leche, a crumbly cookie, and a whole lot of love.

A beautiful tray of home-made alfajores argentinos, ready to be enjoyed

Bringing Alfajores Argentinos to Your Home

Even if you’re not in Argentina, you can still enjoy alfajores argentinos at home. With a bit of patience and passion for baking, you can recreate these iconic South American cookies in your own kitchen. Whether you stick to the receta tradicional (traditional recipe) or create your own variation, it’s a delicious way to bring a touch of Argentina to your table.


So there you have it – the magical world of alfajores argentinos. We’ve delved into their history, discovered the art of making them, explored their different variations, and even learned how to enjoy them. Whether it’s your first time trying these treats or you’re a seasoned alfajor aficionado, there’s always something new to learn about these delightful cookies. So why not roll up your sleeves, grab your wooden spoon, and bake a batch of your own alfajores argentinos today?

Delightful Alfajores Argentinos: A Taste of Argentina Recipe

Delightful Alfajores Argentinos: A Taste of Argentina Recipe

Yield: 20 Cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Immerse yourself in the sweet allure of Argentina with this traditional Alfajores Argentinos recipe. These delicious shortbread cookies are filled with delectable dulce de leche, making them an irresistible treat.



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 1 1/2 cups dulce de leche


  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • Powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients until they are well mixed.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then add the vanilla extract and grated lemon zest. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients to form a soft dough. Once combined, divide the dough in half, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough halves to about 1/4-inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Bake the cookies for about 12-14 minutes, or until they are lightly golden.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Once the cookies have cooled, spread a layer of dulce de leche on the flat side of one cookie and sandwich it with another.
  10. Roll the edges of the filled cookies in the desiccated coconut, ensuring that the dulce de leche filling captures some of the coconut.
  11. Dust the top of the Alfajores with powdered sugar for an elegant touch.


Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They taste even better the next day as the flavors meld together beautifully!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 28gNet Carbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 2g

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