in Cookies, Desserts

Alfajores //

Alfajores, my favorite Peruvian cookie, has been a long-standing favorite. (I first blogged about them two years ago here!) Back in the day, I made them in a smaller version, and I continue to do so. I would categorize them as a deceivingly rich cookie. They’re blond in color so you think nothing of it, but honestly after one big cookie, I’m totally done. The solution has always been simple for me: make them mini!If you’ve never had them or heard of them, I’ll happily explain…

Think short bread cookie sandwich, filled with creamy dulce de leche (Peruvians call it manjar blanco). They’re super easy to make and remind me of being a little kid. The older version calls for white sugar, which results in a crisper cookie. My dad actually prefers the snappy version, but if you’re looking for a softer version, sub in powdered sugar.

I blogged about the newer, softer version over on PBS Food where you can get the full recipe and see more pretty pictures of cookies.

Alfajores //

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 14, 2013 at 3:59 am

So pretty!


Emily @ Life on Food December 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

These sound wonderful!


Nisreen December 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

These look beautiful! I’ve always wanted to make alfajores…

On the link to PBS Food, you say that your family has a bakery in Lima, Peru. I actually just got accepted into a study abroad program to Lima, and would love to check it out! What is it called and do you happen to know the address?


Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try out the recipe.


Mandy December 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thanks for sharing! I love that these cookies are a part of your Peruvian heritage. Cannot wait to try them out!


Trini December 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

These look scrumptious! It’s so nice to discover recipes for baking that are different to the ones I grew up with. Looking forward to trying these..stopping at one will be a big challenge from the looks of these!


Quyen December 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Looks absolutely yummy! We went to Peru for our honeymoon and I remember having these with some coca tea. It was divine. Thank you for the recipe. They just might have to be my Christmas cookies this year!


lisa December 17, 2013 at 5:51 am

I’d love to try these out! what size can of sweetened condensed milk do you use? It doesn’t notate in your recipe. I have a 14 oz. can at home. Will that do? Thanks!


Adrianna Adarme December 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

Yes yes that’ll do! Sorry about that, I’ll change it to list the size of the can.


Tess @ Tips on Life and Love December 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

These cookies look amazing, and a nice alternative to gingerbread cookies (which, I admit, aren’t exactly my favorite). Anyway, I will have to give this recipe a try- thanks for sharing!


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

These look unbelievably delicious. I have never heard of this cookie and it is definitely on my list for holiday cookies!


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures December 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

I love alfajores, but I have never made them. They seem so intimidating!


Grace December 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

I found your blog through a link on PBS for these cookies. So happy I did! Everything you do looks wonderful! I tried out this recipe for delicious cookies and everyone (myself included) ate them up quickly! I’m so excited to try some more of your recipes out!


Adrianna Adarme December 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

Oh yayyy! I’m so glad you found me and so glad the cookies turned out! Happy Holidays!


Flor L January 13, 2016 at 3:09 am

Alfajores and dulce de leche are an argentine thing, not peruvian. Just so you know! x


Adrianna Adarme January 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

Oh I know. I’m 1/2 Peruvian. I say in parenthesis that Peruvian’s call it manjar blanco. Most people don’t know that word so that’s why I use dulce de leche in other instances. Hope that clears that up!


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