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What is an Alfajor?
Alfajores (increasingly known as Alfies®) have a long-standing history in Argentina dating back to the 19th century. They are a huge part of the Argentinian culture and somewhat of a national cookie…and for good reason. Alfajores are made with two soft and crumbly cookies sandwiched around a luscious dollop of dulce de leche. Alfajores would be nothing without this traditional caramel filling, which is simply milk and sugar boiled down to its raw, creamy essence. Nothing beats the flavor of an alfajor with the right amount of "dulce de leche"!
The "alfajor" (or Alfie™) is considered a pastry or confection, but Argentinians eat them in the morning with coffee or tea, as an afternoon snack or after dinner for a decadent dessert. In fact, there is no “right” time to eat alfajores…any time is the right time to indulge in one. There are many versions of alfajores, and each Argentine province has its traditional type, including jam-filled alfajores. The most popular varieties are the ones filled with dulce de leche and either rolled in coconut or covered in dark or white chocolate. In every Argentine home, alfajores are the gold standard treat to have on hand. And why wouldn't they be? Each bite is absolutely delicious.
Lucila's Homemade alfajores are made using authentic artisanal techniques, and it is our mission to stay true to the concept of what an alfajor is. After tasting one, you will agree with us that alfajores are the best treats you have ever had!
Traditional Dulce de Leche Alfajor
The recipe for this alfajor has been around for over 100 years. It is still being printed on the back of the boxes of Maizena (brand name for corn starch) sold today in Argentina. Lucila has perfected this recipe to bring you a product that melts in your mouth. These cookies are made with more corn starch than flour which gives them a very crumbly texture. The dough is made with European style butter and free range eggs with hints of fresh lemon as a background flavor. After the dough is rolled and the cookies are cut and baked, they are filled with the best pastry dulce de leche available. Finally, they are rolled in coconut.
The crumbly texture of the cookies combined with the creaminess of the dulce de leche makes biting into this alfajor a truly unforgettable experience. It is the perfect coffee or tea complement!
Dark Chocolate Alfajor
Chocolate alfajores are most commonly mass produced in Argentina, and it is difficult to find a good homemade version of it (even in Argentina!). Lucila has created the perfect recipe to balance the flavors of rich cocoa powder and fresh orange zest. The ingredients used are always of the highest quality. After the dough has rested and has been rolled, the cookies are cut, baked and filled with dulce de leche. Lastly, they are hand-dipped in rich Belgian dark chocolate of the finest quality.
These cookies are best enjoyed after a few days when the dulce de leche and chocolate have absorbed into the crumbly cookies to create a delicious moist bite.
White Chocolate Alfajor
For you lovers of vanilla and white chocolate flavors, this is the treat for you. This alfajor is one of Lucila's creations combining the deep flavors of vanilla and almond extract. This combination gives these pastries a flavor profile that, when combined with the dulce de leche and Belgian white chocolate, creates an unbelievably delicious bite.
Guava & Dulce de Leche Alfajor
Lucila has transformed what was a very popular Guava & Dulce de Leche bar creation into an alfajor. The same cookies that go into making the white chocolate alfajores are used to make the Guava and Dulce de Leche Alfajor. This unique filling of creamy caramel and guava jam together with the flavors of the cookies creates a decadent treat, leaving you wanting more. These alfajores are topped off with a sugar glaze.