These melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Alfajores are a soft and buttery shortbread cookie filled with dulce de leche.
What are Alfajores?
Alfajores can be found all across Latin America and Spain, with each country having kind of their own variation but very similar taste. The most popular ones are Argentinian and Peruvian, and they can be covered in powdered sugar, grated coconut or chocolate. All equally delicious.
How to make Chocolate Alfajores
Alfajores are easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. Here are some tips to make your baking process even easier!
- Before you start, make sure you have access to dulce de leche. You can find it at your local Mexican or Argentinian grocery store, Amazon Prime and occasionally at Target.
- If you can’t find dulce de leche, you can easily make your own with 1 ingredient! Here’s a blog post with a step-by-step tutorial.
- Always use room temperature ingredients, including your eggs and butter.
- Sift the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and baking powder so that its easier to mix in with the wet ingredients.
- This recipe calls for egg yolks. Separate the eggs while they’re cold so it’s easier, just allow them to come to room temperature before using them.
- Adding orange zest will give your alfajor cookie a delicious kick! But you can omit, if desired.
Tips to make Chocolate Alfajores
Sift the dry ingredients. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add one egg yolk at a time, followed by vanilla extract and orange zest (if using). Working in batches, add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Transfer the dough onto a floured working surface and roll into a ball. Cover with plastic and chill for at least an hour. Remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature for around 10 minutes. Knead for a couple of minutes until it’s easy to handle.
Divide the dough into 2 balls. Roll out the dough, using a rollin pin, to around 1/4 inch thick. Cute the dough using a small round cookie cutter, and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, allow to cool and using a spoon or piping bag fill the center with dulce de leche.
What is Dulce de Leche?
Dulce de Leche is a popular confection from Latin America made from milk and sugar, or sweetened condensed milk. It’s similar to caramel and used in many hispanic desserts, especially ones from Argentina. It has a sweet golden-brown color with deeply decadent flavor.
How to cover Chocolate Alfajores in Chocolate?
Traditionally, Chocolate Alfajores are covered in chocolate. If you’d like to try them this way, make sure to temper the chocolate. Tempered chocolate has a shiny appearance and breaks off with a snap, like a chocolate bar would. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.
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These Chocolate Alfajores are the perfect afternoon treat for all you dulce de leche lovers. Hope you love them as much as I do! If you make them and love them, leave a comment here or share them with me on Instagram using #yogaofcooking so I can share with the world!
Happy Baking! xPrint