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Cornstarch Alfajor

Cornstarch Alfajor

  • Author: Carolina Rojas
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x


  • 125 grs. (4.4 oz) of margarine or butter
  • 150 grs. (5.3 oz) of granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of cognac (optional)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • ½ cup of milk if necessary
  • Milk caramel (Dulce de Leche)
  • Grated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Join the margarine, sugar, and egg yolks. Then add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch), and then the cognac, vanilla extract, and milk if necessary.
  3. When a homogeneous dough is obtained, work with the rolling pin to extend, and then cutting out circles of the desired size.
  4. Place parchment paper on top of a baking tray, and then place the dough circles on top of it.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. When ready, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For half of the count of cookies after they cool down, spread about a tablespoon of Dulce de Leche (manjar) on one side of them. Then, place a second cookie on top of the Dulce de Leche and gently press to create a sandwich. Then, roll the sides on the coconut.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins