Introduction: 🍪 Argentinian Alfajor! 🍪
Today we are going to make "Alfajores Argentinos" a recipe of cookies filled with the traditional "dulce de leche" (caramel) and covered with a thin layer of chocolate.
For this we will need:
- Flour - 400 grams
- Corn starch - 100grams
- butter - 200 grams
- sugar - 200 grams
- bitter cocoa - 20 grams
- bicarbonate - 5 grams
- honey - 90 grams
- vanilla essence - a little bit
- orange and lemon zest
- Eggs - 2
- dulce de leche (caramel) Nutella, fruit jam this is to the taste of the consumer
- Chocolate chips - I choose a blend of semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate, but you can choose whatever you want - even white chocolate.
Step 1: The Cookies
For the cookies we are going do 2 processes. First we are going to work the wet mix and then incorporate the dry ingredients.
Let's start with the wet mix ...
In a bowl we put the butter and sugar and whip until forming a cream. Then we add the vanilla essence and the orange and lemon zest and whip the mix again. Now we add two eggs and whip it again (at first it seems that the eggs are not incorporated into the mixture but you just have to keep mixing to achieve the result) Then we add the honey and mix it again.
Now it's the dry ingredients turn
We place the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate, cornstarch (and a pinch of salt) in a sieve on a paper (the result has to be a brown powder) If that color is not achieved, you must do it again.
Now we are going to incorporate the powder into the cream that we have in the bowl (it is easier if we do it little by little). With the help of a spatula we are forming our dough. The ideal is not to knead it with your hands to avoid developing gluten.
Once this step is finished, the result will be a beautiful dark brown dough that we proceed to stretch and then we will put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
With a cutting number 8 we are going to cut the discs and put them in a baking dish in the oven at 180 degrees for 12 minutes
Once the cookies are cold, we are going to fill them with "dulce de leche" (caramel) or with your favorite filling.
Ideally, the flat part of the cookies should be facing out.
For the chocolate coating, use a blend of semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate. You just have to melt it in a water bath and with the help of some forks we dip our "alfajor"
until we cover it completely. Then we let them cool down and that's it!
You will have some delicious chocolate alfajores!
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