Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches)

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Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches)|

Alfajores are popular in Colombia as well as other parts of South America.

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

I don’t love to bake but Alfajores are my favorite cookies and I just had to make them for my recipe blog. These delicate dulce de leche sandwich cookies are delicious!

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

The cookies are not too sweet, and had a delicate, soft, and crumbly texture. Combined with the dulce de leche filling and powdered sugar on top, it is the perfect balance of textures and flavors.

Buen provecho!

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)



(20 alfajores)

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl mix the butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  3. Add the flour, corn starch and vanilla extract then mix with your hands into well combined.
  4. Knead together to form a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead for about 2 minutes. Roll out to about ¼ inch-thick and cut out the cookies with a round cookie cutter.
  7. Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

  8. Place them on a floured cookie sheet and bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. In a small plate, place the flaked coconut and set aside.
  9. Spread arequipe or dulce de leche on each cookie then put together two cookies, making a sandwich with the arequipe in the middle of the two cookies. When you put the cookies together you’ll want some arequipe to come out of the sides. Take the plate with coconut and cover the edges of each alfajor cookie with it, rolling the cookie edge in the flaked coconut if using.
  10. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and enjoy.
  11. Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

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  1. says

    I love these! I first tried them in a peruvian restaurant. I got the recipe off from the website of the cookbook Art of the Peruvian Cuisine–DISASTER. They were dry and crumbly. Even though I wasted food that time, I will try your recipe!

  2. Claudia says

    These were great! I just made them with my son. My only comment would be that it was not clear in the recipe when you would add the 3 cups of flour. Thanks for the recipe I am sure my Colombian parents will love these!

  3. Maggie says

    These look yummy! Do you know how long these stay fresh? We would like to give them as wedding favors and need to figure out how far in advance we can make them. Thank you for the great recipe.

    • Erica says

      Maggie- If I use homemade arequipe, I usually keep them for 2 days, but if you use store bought dulce de leche or arequipe, you can keep them longer.

  4. Debony says

    I made these according to the directions and then threw them in the oven, realizing that I still had the flour sitting on the counter! LOL….needles to say,I ended up with cookie soup and had to start over again! I started sifting in the flour on step 3 when I added the Vanilla Extract and the corn starch. They came out perfect! I hope this helps answers the great”When do I add the Flour” Mystery!!

  5. says

    Delicious! Made them using Christmas cookie cutters, They came out just darling and tasted lovely. My daughter and husband were shoving them in as fast as they could till I slowed them down. My husband had never had these in Bogota, so I got to introduce him to a Colombian food he had never tasted. Pretty funny, considering I’m from New England!

  6. Jenn says

    You can scratch the last comment I made…I went ahead and made these and they turned out perfect! I used toasted coconut instead. Erica, thanks so much for such great recipes.

  7. antonia says

    you should amend your recipe. You don’t have when to add the flour. For a first time baker they will be really confused.

    But needless to say great cookies.

    • Erica says

      Kari- They are a originally from Argentina,but very popular all over Colombia and South America.

      • Amanda says

        Argentina o Colombia- These cookies make me think of my childhood and thank you for having this amazing website with food de mi patria. Americana pero orgullosa de ser Colombiana ;o) Gracias Erica!

  8. Laura says

    I am actually in Korea and wanting to try to make these, but finding corn starch here is nearly impossible. Do you know if there is something I can substitute corn starch with?

  9. says

    Laura or anyone else who can’t get cornstarch: any plain starch should be fine as a substitute. Potato starch (not potato flour) and tapioca starch are ones that should be available to you and work well.

    These cookies are delicious.

    The dough was soft and I was in a hurry, so instead of rolling out and cutting the dough, I wet my fingers and shaped balls instead, about 1 1/4″ across, then flattened them with a couple fingers. They were about 2″ across when flattened and baked.

    There was enough dulce de leche to fill 20 of these (which is 40 single cookies), and about the right amount of cookie dough left over to bake in an 8×8 pan for a batch of lemon bars. :)

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