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    Alfajores De Maizena

    Alfajores De Maizena. Photo by BlondieItaliana

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    35 mins

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    BlondieItaliana's Note:

    I love these! They are a delicious sweet cookie from Argentina. They are a sandwich cookie - biscuit type cookie with Dulce De Leche in the middle then rolled in coconut. Sometimes they're called "cornstarch cookies". My mother-in-law first introduced these to me. She would make mine with crushed nuts or shaved white chocolate on the outside though as I have an allergy to coconut. Also, you can add 1 tablespoon of cognac for the traditional recipe, but I usually don't. ** You can buy Dulce de Leche in Spanish grocer or some of the larger supermarkets sell it by the condensed milk, if not, follow below... For the Dulce de Leche: Pour the two cans of condensed milk into a double boiler set over low heat. Cook milk, stirring once in a while, for 2-4 hours, until mixture thickens and becomes caramel-like. Remove from double boiler and refrigerate until needed. Mixture will firm with chilling.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar gradually, beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lemon rind.
    2. 2
      Sift together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until thoroughly combined.
    3. 3
      Drop the batter by small spoonfuls onto well buttered baking sheets. Leave enough space between the cookies because they will spread.
    4. 4
      Bake in a 350 degrees oven 15 minutes. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and let cool.
    5. 5
      When cool, spread some Dulce de leche on the bottom half of the cookies and make a sandwich with the remaining cookies. Squeeze the sandwiches so that some of the dulce de leche is squeezed out the sides, and roll the sides in the grated coconut.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 15, 2009

      55

      Let me just say ~ Thank You! My boyfriend his Argentenian and he was very very IMPRESSED!!! I shared them w/ him and his sister and they LOVED IT ~ she wants me to show her how to make them! Thank you thank you!

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    • on November 13, 2008

      55

      Great recipe! Can't get enough of these... Great for entertaining

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    • on September 28, 2008

      45

      These were fabulous. My husband is from Ecuador and his mom brought back some delicious packaged alfajores, so I surprised him by making these. He loved them so much - thanks for recipe! This is just like a shortbread but with more cornstarch than flour. We spread some with straight condensed milk and some with cherry jam, and melted half semisweet and half milk chocolate chips with a pat of butter to make them chocolate covered - they were also delicious plain. The dough seemed extremely dry using the original recipe and didn't have enough moisture to come together, so I just added a little water until it worked. It definitely wasn't like a drop cookie dough, and most of the alfajores recipes I looked at called for rolling out and using cookie cutters for the dough. As a shortcut I rolled it into a log in wax paper and stuck in the freezer for half and hour, then sliced into rounds (very carefully with a good knife so the rounds held :) I scaled it down to 1/3 so maybe that was the problem, but it was excellent with a little added water.

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    Nutritional Facts for Alfajores De Maizena

    Serving Size: 1 (61 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 364.7
     
    Calories from Fat 148
    40%
    Total Fat 16.5 g
    25%
    Saturated Fat 10.1 g
    50%
    Cholesterol 87.8 mg
    29%
    Sodium 226.6 mg
    9%
    Total Carbohydrate 50.5 g
    16%
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    2%
    Sugars 12.7 g
    50%
    Protein 2.6 g
    5%

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