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Close up of an alfajore showing the dulce de leche filling in a stack of cookies.

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies (Alfajores)

Herbs and Flour
Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies or Alfajores are soft, tender cookies filled with deliciously sweet dulce de leche. These melt-in-your-mouth sandwich cookies can be served as is, sprinkled with powdered sugar or rolled in coconut. However you enjoy them, they are sure to be a hit!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South American
Servings 24 sandwich cookies
Calories 204 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cup dulce de leche

Optional toppings:

  • powdered sugar aka icing sugar or confectioners sugar
  • shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Mix and set it aside.
  • In the bowl if a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy using the paddle attachment. Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and mix until well blended.
  • With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and mix until it is thoroughly blended.
  • Transfer the dough to your work surface and divide it into 4 equal portions. Form each one into a a disk shape and cover with food wrap. Place in the fridge to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Roll each disk to desired thickness. I use 2 wooden skewers as a guide and roll the dough between the skewers with a rolling pin to ensure they are all the same height.
  • Use your cookie cutter to cut out your cookies and carefully transfer to the baking sheets. Bake in the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the middle of the cookies no longer looks 'wet' and the bottom is beginning to brown slightly.
  • Cool cookies on a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled, spoon or pipe a dollop of dulce de leche on one cookie and place another on top, pressing down gently. If desired, roll the cookies in shredded coconut and dust with powdered sugar.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 149mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 258IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas cookies, cookies, dulce de leche
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