Alfajores De Maizena

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by BlondieItaliana

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.

Top Review by boholuxegirl

The amount of salt is not listed. I left it out by accident, and didn't notice any reduce quality. I am at high-altitude and made a few changes. One, was a mistake that worked out just fine. I used 3 whole eggs versus the yolks. I reduced the sugar by 1T; the baking powder by 1/4t; and the baking soda by 1/8t. The dough was firm enough and did not really spread. I rolled the cookies into balls and flattened to 5/16"with a glass. I baked them at 350F on convection (which is about 375F with a regular oven), for about 12 minutes. They turned out great. The night before, I made my own dulce de leche using a pressure cooker. Delicious. I toasted the unsweetened coconut for a little fuller flavor. Rave reviews from the family for these cookies!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  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. Sift together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until thoroughly combined.
  3. Drop the batter by small spoonfuls onto well buttered baking sheets. Leave enough space between the cookies because they will spread.
  4. Bake in a 350 degrees oven 15 minutes. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and let cool.
  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.

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