Peruvian Cookies Alphajores from Carmela
This Saturday we had a party at our house. It was a potluck where everybody was trying to make something new and special. I had a very special guest and my friend who cooked something special for us. We met at the University of Central Florida in our year. We have become the best of friends since then. My friend like myself is an immigrant and like most of people who immigrated to United States she had to adapt her cooking and eating habits from her home country to what is available here. She told me that the recipe of the Alphajores cookies that she made in my kitchen is very common in Peru and most people who live there can buy them in any grocery store or small bakery. Here in United States, she could not find anything what would remind the taste of Alphajores this is why she decided to start making them at home. Carmela tried many different recipes from many different sources before she found the right one. These cookies are not just great tasting, but also easy to make dessert which will make almost any women who will try to make them look like a pro!
The batch described below is good for making about 60 cookies if you would like to make more cookies just double the ingredients. While cooking we realized that there are some small changes in the recipe but if you follow this instruction below you will do just fine!
- 2 eggs
• 2 unsalted butter sticks
• 2 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup of flour
• 1/2 cup powder sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder or baking soda
• Pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
• 2 cans of Dulce de Leche for the filling
• 2 cups of toasted shredded coconut
Into the mixing bowl crack the eggs then add butter and sugar mixing it well. Add flower, salt, baking powder and cornstarch to your mixture until it gets smooth. Transfer your dough into the plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 or more hours.
Preheat the oven to 325- 350F(depends from the oven) or 160- 180C. Roll the dough about ¼ of an inch thick and cut the cookies with a round cookie dough cutter.
Place your shaped cookies into the baking sheet covered with some parchment paper.
Cook for about 12-15 minutes or until they turn a light golden color.
Let them completely cool down. Spread Dulce de Leche on one cookie part and cover with another cookie making a sandwich. Cover the side of the cookie with shredded coconut, sprinkles or sliced almonds and serve.
These cookies were so good that after our party was over, there were none left!
Watch the video with Carmela making Alphajores here..