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Alfajores (An Argentinean Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookie)


  • 1⁄2cup butter
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1egg
  • 2egg yolks
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 2teaspoons lemon rind, grated
  • 1 1⁄2cups cornstarch
  • 1⁄2cup flour
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4teaspoon salt
  • 1cup dulce de leche (store bought or homemade)


  • Cream butter for a minute, add sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add egg and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well. Beat in vanilla and lemon rind.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt. Add to mixture and mix well.
  • Drop batter by small spoonfuls onto well buttered baking sheet. Try to keep your cookie size uniform as it will make building sandwiches easier.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove immediately.
  • Sandwich the cookies together with (dulce de leche) sweet milk dessert.


  • LostInCA

    Being the chocoholic that I am, imagine my horror when I found myself craving these addictive little cookies over my favorite chocolate chip comfort cookie. From the beautifully delicate, lemon tinged cookie itself to the sweet, gooey goodness of the dulce de leche, I’m not sure it could get any better than this and still be legal! Used Nestle’s La Lechara Dulce de Leche for the filling and it worked better than I had hoped. In fact, they were so good that after the holidays I received requests from numerous friends for more. They also told me that these cookies were so good it made them wonder if I’d added crack as a “special” ingredient just to get them hooked! Nope, no crack, just a really, really great recipe. Many thanks, Toni, for a new family favorite!

  • Gerry

    I rarely eat cookies but I couldn’t resist going back to the cookie tray for these. Made using Dulce De Leche – Fudge-Like Vanilla Caramel – It’s Sinfully Wond which made for an over the top filling. Ovens vary mine were done in about 12 minutes. Can’t wait to serve these to family and friends – having only made a small batch – there’s little chance that is going to happen with this making!

  • evelyn/athens

    Made these yesterday to take to my son’s nona (godmother). Everyone LOVED them. The kids kept dunking them in their icecream. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Kat McCallister

    These were amazing! At first they were really hard, like crackers, but after I added the dulce de leche and let them sit for a while they were wonderfully soft and chewy. They had a very unique taste and were pretty easy to make. I think the baking time was a little too long, though. The ones I left in for 15 were a little burnt and the ones I kept in for 10-12 were much better.

  • Just_Ducky!!

    When I saw these were made with dulce de leche in a sandwich cookie I couldn’t resist adding them to our Argentinean menu for dinner today. Our dulce de leche was banana and a favourite of mine and my 8 year old son’s but the 10 year old doesn’t care for it so made the second batch with Nutella spread. I also realised part way into making them I had no lemons so used a bit of lemon juice as well as some dehydrated lemon powder that I have that is a surprisingly nice substitute. These were a very nice and delicate cookie, the boys really loved them. I found them a bit too sweet for my personal taste preference but still very nice :). Thanks for posting Toni! Made and enjoyed during ZWT #7 but not for a challenge 😀

  • Baby Kato

    These are delicious cookies Toni. Very tasty, light, fluffy, tender, fragile, dry, sweet and sinfully good. The Dulce De Leche is a perfect foil for this cookie. They compliment one another perfectly. I love the lemon in this unique cookie. I made mine on the large size, cooked them for 15 minutes and they were perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe, which will be on my Christmas trays this year.

  • hilarys_1332

    These cookies are great. I made them for a south American themed wine tasting we hosted. Everyone raved about them. I loved the lemon contrasting with the sweetness of the cookie.I baked them a little less than the stated time and they were nice and soft. I will be making these again.