Peruvian Alfajores Cookies (With Dulce de Leche)


This post may contain automatically and manually added affiliate links to products. I may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you.

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing sugar and melted chocolate – these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there!

Peruvian Alfajores Cookies

Let me introduce you to the most addictive, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth tender cookies – alfajores!

If you’re on a diet, close this page! You’re reading this on your own responsibility. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😂😂

Alfajores cookies come from Spain (and most probably they were brought there by Arabs), but they are especially popular in Argentina and Peru, though you can find them in any South American country!

This recipe is for Peruvian alfajores cookies that are always topped with icing sugar and often with melted chocolate. I didn’t see a version with shredded coconut in Peru, but maybe I was looking in the wrong places. 🙂

I fell in love with these cookies right away! They are SO GOOD! Just imagine the softest cookie with a layer of luscious dulce de leche and dark melted chocolate on top. This is what heaven looks like!

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography
Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography

What you need

Peruvian alfajores cookies are easy to make and you’ll need just a few pantry staples!

Here’s your checklist:

  • Cornstarch and plain wheat flour – these cookies are so amazingly soft because of the cornstarch!
  • Egg yolk – I added 4 egg yolks (even more tenderness), but 2 will be good too.
  • Dulce de leche – a milk caramel. Use store-bought or make one at home from sweetened condensed milk!
  • Icing sugar – both to top the cookies and to make the dough.
  • Butter – unsalted or salted, up to you.
  • Vanilla extract – optional, I’ve added some!
  • Baking powder – basics.
  • Melted chocolate – optional too!

These few ingredients are all you need to make the most amazing cookies you’ve ever tried. 😎 This is a bold statement, I know. But I stand by it! These are simply the best cookies!

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography
Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography

Tips for making the best alfajores cookies

Here’s a list of few tips to make the best Peruvian alfajores cookies:

  1. Chill the dough! It will help with the rolling.
  2. Use a double layer of baking paper. It will prevent cookies from burning.
  3. Don’t bake the cookies for too long. They should stay light.
  4. Chill your dulce de leche! It will have a thicker consistency. Mine was quite runny because I didn’t chill it!
  5. Allow the cookies to cool down completely before assembling.

You can clearly see that I didn’t follow all of my tips 😂🙈

I was so impatient. I wanted my cookies right away!! So half of my alfajores ended up really messy, but I totally don’t care. 😂 They were SO DELICIOUS! And there’s nothing wrong about having the whole face dirty with melted chocolate and dulce de leche. 😂

Here’s the overview of the process:

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography

Popular questions

Are alfajores cookies gluten-free?

No, even though these cookies are made with cornstarch, they are not gluten-free. Except for cornstarch, you need to add regular, plain wheat flour that contains gluten. I haven’t tried making gluten-free alfajores yet. I absolutely don’t recommend using only cornstarch! It won’t work!

Can I make cornstarch cookies ahead of time, and then put them together later?

Sure, you even should! Cookies have to be completely cool before assembling.

Can I freeze alfajores?

I would recommend freezing the cookies after the baking when they are not yet assembled with dulce de leche and icing powder.

How to make dulce de leche at home?

I used a store-bought can of dulce de leche. However, making your own dulce de leche at home is super easy.
Dulce de leche recipe:
Buy a can of sweetened condensed milk and remove the labels. Place the can in a large pot and cover completely with water. Bring to boil and simmer for around 2-3h – make sure that the can is always below the water. The can have to be below the water all the time!! Check it regularly to make sure there’s enough water. Remove the can from the water and let it cool down.

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography

Want more?

Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for all of the latest recipes and inspirations.


AuthorEwaCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing sugar and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there!

Yields20 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

Click on the servings to scale the recipe to your needs.

Click a timer link in the recipe to start a countdown clock.

In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

Dough
 1 cup Cornstarch
 1 cup Plain flour
 100 g Butter (room temperature)
 4 Egg yolks (room temperature)
  cup Icing sugar
 1 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Water
 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)
To serve
 1 Can of dulce de leche (milk caramel spread)
 Icing powder
 100 g Chocolate (melted, optional)

1

With a hand or stand mixer, mix together butter, egg yolks, sugar, water, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

2

Add both flours and mix. Knead the dough with hands until just combined. Don't do it for too long, because the longer you knead, the harder the dough will be and that's now what we want.

3

Cover the dough with the foil and chill in the fridge for 7 minutes.

4

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees and prepare a working station.

5

Flour the surface a little bit and roll out dough for about 2 mm thick. Cut out small circle cookies.

6

Lay down a baking tray with 2 layers of baking paper. Bake cookies for about 7 minutes. The cookies should be quite light, not brown.

7

Allow the cookies to cool down. Then, spread a portion of dulce de leche on one cookie and cover it with another one pressing gently to make a sandwich.

8

Sprinkle generously with icing sugar. Optionally, you can cover some of your cookies with melted chocolate.

Ingredients

Dough
 1 cup Cornstarch
 1 cup Plain flour
 100 g Butter (room temperature)
 4 Egg yolks (room temperature)
  cup Icing sugar
 1 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Water
 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)
To serve
 1 Can of dulce de leche (milk caramel spread)
 Icing powder
 100 g Chocolate (melted, optional)

Directions

1

With a hand or stand mixer, mix together butter, egg yolks, sugar, water, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

2

Add both flours and mix. Knead the dough with hands until just combined. Don't do it for too long, because the longer you knead, the harder the dough will be and that's now what we want.

3

Cover the dough with the foil and chill in the fridge for 7 minutes.

4

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees and prepare a working station.

5

Flour the surface a little bit and roll out dough for about 2 mm thick. Cut out small circle cookies.

6

Lay down a baking tray with 2 layers of baking paper. Bake cookies for about 7 minutes. The cookies should be quite light, not brown.

7

Allow the cookies to cool down. Then, spread a portion of dulce de leche on one cookie and cover it with another one pressing gently to make a sandwich.

8

Sprinkle generously with icing sugar. Optionally, you can cover some of your cookies with melted chocolate.

Alfajores Cookies (With Dulce de Leche)

Pin for later 🚀

Tender, delicious cornstarch cookies layered with sweet dulce de leche and topped with icing powder and melted chocolate - these Peruvian alfajores cookies are to die for! So soft they will melt in your mouth! Try this easy alfajores recipe and enjoy the best cookies out there! #peruviancuisine #southamerica #peruvianfood #alfajores #cookies #latinrecipes #foodphotography

Originally posted 2019-07-06 07:00:00.

(Visited 873 times, 1 visits today)

38 Comments

  1. Antonia @Zoale 6 July 2019 at 16:42

    Wow, what beautiful cookies! Thanks for sharing your delicious cookies at Fiesta Friday!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 July 2019 at 10:20

      Thank you ❤️

      Reply
  2. betty - NZ 7 July 2019 at 01:18

    Wow, they look so good, especially with that bit of caramel in them!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 July 2019 at 10:20

      You have to try!

      Reply
  3. creativejewishmom/sara 8 July 2019 at 12:28

    Hi Ewa, great looking cookies, funny enough these cookies are very popular here in Israel (i guess from all the folks who moved here from South America) and my daughter makes them for special occassions…..never with chocolate though, I’ll have to share that with her. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 8 July 2019 at 12:38

      You have to try with chocolate! They are delicious 🙂

      Reply
  4. April J Harris 8 July 2019 at 16:17

    I’ve eaten Alfajores, but never homemade Alfajores. These look amazing! Pinning. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely week!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 8 July 2019 at 17:41

      Thanks April! ❤️

      Reply
  5. Deborah Brooks 8 July 2019 at 16:52

    I have not seen these type of cookies before! They sure look delicious thanks so much for sharing

    Reply
    1. Ewa 8 July 2019 at 17:41

      You have to try 😀

      Reply
  6. Kippi 12 July 2019 at 20:07

    Yum, I just pinned this recipe. I cannot wait to try it out.
    Happy summer,
    Kippi #kippiathome

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 July 2019 at 12:03

      Thanks Kippi! These cookies are the best! 😀

      Reply
  7. Karren Haller 12 July 2019 at 23:31

    Ewa your recipe is intriguing with the dulce de leche for the topping/icing
    Thank you for sharing last week on Friday Features which gives me the opportunity to feature your blog and to share on Pinterest!
    Hope you will stop by again to share another post!
    Have a lovely weekend!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 July 2019 at 12:03

      Have a lovely weekend Karren! You need to try this recipe asap! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Marie 13 July 2019 at 10:30

    My coffee would like some of these this morning! Oh my, do these look decadent. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Pinned 🙂

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 July 2019 at 12:03

      Thanks Marie! They are delicious! You need to try 🙂

      Reply
  9. Xara 4 November 2019 at 09:57

    Cant wait to try this recipe.keep them coming….x

    Reply
  10. Carolyn S Thomas 4 November 2019 at 10:37

    Not only are the cookies stunning–so is your photography!

    Reply
  11. sarah 4 November 2019 at 12:33

    I’ve never heard of these cookies, they look simply delicious! Tis the season for baking so hopefully we can make some soon!
    Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday and sharing!

    Reply
  12. Deborah Hunter Kells 4 November 2019 at 13:27

    Just too scrumptious I think to save for a rainy day. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

    Reply
  13. Petra 5 November 2019 at 18:19

    Cookies and Dulce de Leche, what a winner! They look absolutely delicious 🙂

    Reply
  14. Erica 6 November 2019 at 08:08

    I love Alfajores. We had them at a Peruvian restaurant once. I have even made them at Christmas time before. I am saving this recipe I think it is time to make them again. Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesday.

    Reply
  15. Chloe Edges 6 November 2019 at 10:13

    Oh I love these cookies – I used to buy them in Borough Market all the time. I’ll def have to try making them at home. I’m no where near Borough now!

    Reply
  16. Lesley Garden 6 November 2019 at 10:17

    These cookies look delicious, a real sweet treat. I love a melt in the mouth biscuit bake and will have to give these a try. Thank you for sharing to #cookblogshare

    Reply
  17. Anita Ojeda 6 November 2019 at 13:33

    You had me at ‘dulce de leche!’

    Reply
  18. Kerryanne 8 November 2019 at 01:32

    Oh Ewa, thank you for your warning, but even though I’m on a diet I still had a peek at these delicious looking cookies. I’ve put them on my Christmas baking list!
    Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’ve just pinned this recipe to our party board.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

    Reply
  19. Jacqui Bellefontaine 8 November 2019 at 10:36

    Those look really yummy if a little messy but I wouldnt mind that at all

    Reply
  20. Sharon 8 November 2019 at 14:41

    I love Dulce de Leche! these cookies look and sound amazing!

    Thank you for linking up w us at Creative Muster!
    Blessings to you. xoxoxoxo Sharon

    Reply
  21. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome 10 November 2019 at 09:52

    I’m so far behind – I wanted to stop over and thank you for sharing at last weeks What’s for Dinner party. I can’t wait to see what treats you’ll bring this week! Have a great week ahead.

    Reply
  22. Our Hopeful Home 11 November 2019 at 22:12

    I’ve never seen these cookies before, but I love them already! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    Reply
  23. Pingback: The Happy Now Blog Link Up #189

  24. Pingback: Top Peruvian Recipes - Cooking with Ewa

  25. Choclette 12 November 2019 at 11:25

    These look totally awesome. Alfajores have been on my “must bake” list for a few years now. I think you’ve moved them a bit closer to the top now. #BakingCrumbs

    Reply
  26. Jenny Walters 17 November 2019 at 12:51

    How fabulous do these look and sound! I love how decadent they are full stop! It feels so good to just be indulgent. These look so light and delicate. Thank you so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

    Reply

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *