Alfajores

The oft mentioned Beth has once again come up with an amazing addition to the blog. Alfajores are cookies that are usually traced back to Moorish origin, however, they were made famous in the country of Argentina. Beth entered into a long-term relationship with these cookies which has endured the years. They’re very happy together.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS brandy
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups flour
1 cup corn starch
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup grated coconut
1 can condensed milk made into dulce de leche

The first thing you have to do it make the dough. If you don’t you’ll find yourself in the unfortunate situation we did, wherein we were forced to sit on the deck in the sun and drink cocktails for 2 hours. You have been warned, do not fall prey to the same fate as these depraved souls!

To make the dough, cream the butter and the sugar. This really means to mix up, preferably in a mixer. I used the trusty Kitchen-Aid but if you don’t have one, make sure that your butter is room temp. If it isn’t at room temp, break it up with forks and squish/mix the sugar into it. I would put on some mixin’ music, something like “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate.

Once the butter is creamed add the egg yolks, vanilla, brandy, and lemon zest. In another bowl mix up the flour, salt, cornstarch and baking powder. Now combine the wet with the dry!

Those should all be rolled all up into this amazing ball. Once you have a nice ball, fridge that saucy sweater monster for about 2 hours. The next thing is easy. Get out a pie pan and open the condensed milk. Pour it into the pie pan and cover with foil. Place that whole thing in a deep tray and fill half way up the pie pan with boiling water. Take that tray and put it in the oven for about 45 minutes. We’re making the gooey middle of the cookie here, just bear with me.

 

Now assuming that the your dough has been chilling for about 2 hours, take it out, flour a surface and roll it out baby! You want your dough about 1/4 -1/2 inch thick. Then cut cookies out of it. I used a wine glass. I later used it for another purpose.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes in a 400 F (205 C) degree oven. Once they are done, let em cool a bit. Take the condensed milk out of oven. If it is thick and gooey, you’re done. If still kind of watery keep cookin’. So many things in like are like that! Then set up your alfajores cookie-makin-station. A pile of coconut, dulce de leche (your baked condensed milk) and the cooked cookies.

Take a spatula and cover the cookie with the dulce. Smash another cookie on top of it. Like this:

Then take it for a proverbial naughty “roll in the coconut.”

And now, you are done done done. Try desperately not to eat them all in one sitting.

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