Thursday, March 14, 2013

Argentine Alfajores in honor of Pope Francis

I'm sure these were Pope Francis's favorite cookies as a boy. Try them and I'm sure you'll love them too!


1 3/4 cups cornstarch
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Dulce de leche
grated and sweetened coconut

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Place the cornstarch, flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix briefly.
3. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture, blending with your fingers until the mixture is smooth.
4. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and mix with your hands until the dough is homogeneous and smooth (add a tablespoon or two if too crumbly to form a ball). Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
5. Roll out dough to 3/8" thickness, and cut into 2 inch circles.
6. Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes, until they are barely golden brown.
8. To fill the cookies, spread one cookie with dulce de leche and top with second cookie. Roll the edges   
in the coconut.

Let cool completely and enjoy!


  1. These sound good but I am the only one in the house that eats coconut. Might have to make some anyway.

    1. Charlotte, The coconut is totally optional. The major brands sold in Argentina, like Havanna, do not roll them in coconut. Instead they are dipped in chocolate or white meringue. You may prefer them like that!


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