Mini Alfajores

Mini Alfajores 150 Image by: Mini Alfajores 150 Author: Canadian Living

These tender, shortbread-like dulce de leche--filled sandwich cookies are popular in South and Central America.

  • Portion size 28 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2011

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar

Method

In bowl, rub superfine sugar with lemon zest between fingers until fragrant. Beat in butter until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture to make soft dough. Divide in half; wrap each and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On lightly floured surface or between waxed paper, roll out dough to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) round cutter, cut out circles to make 56 pieces, rerolling scraps.

Place, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until golden, about 9 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks.

Spread bottoms of half of the cookies with 1/2 tsp dulce de leche. Sandwich with another cookie, top side up. Roll edges in coconut. Dust tops with icing sugar. Let stand until set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)


Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 42 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 88.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 13 mg
  • Cholesterol 24 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 11 g

%RDI

  • Iron 2.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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