Alfajores come in many sizes and flavors. Each region of South America has its own version.
This version is called "Mar del Plata" Alfajores in Argentina. Mar del Plata is also where Havana, the leading Argentine manufacturer of alfajores, is located.
Step 1: Ingredients
- Powdered sugar - 130 grams
- Honey - 1 teaspoon
- Cocoa powder - 1 spoon
- White flour - 330 grams
- Egg - 1
- White chocolate - 200 grams
- Dark chocolate - 200 grams
- Butter - 170 grams
- Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
- Dulce de Leche spread ("Caramelized Milk" \ "Milk Caramel")
* optional - Peanut butter
Step 2: Making the Dough
Mix the butter and the powdered sugar. The butter should feel soft, but not warm or melted. Let it soften outside the refrigerator at room temperature or put it in a microwave oven for 10-15 seconds (just be careful not to melt it).
Now use a mixer to mix it with the white flour, honey, cocoa powder, egg and baking powder until you get a uniform mixture.
Step 3: Making the Biscuits
The dough is sticky and might be hard to work with. You can place the dough between
two baking paper or plastic wrap sheets (like i did). Then, flatten it with a rolling pin until it's about 1/2 cm thick.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour to make it easier to work with (10-15 minutes in the freezer should also be fine if you're in a hurry).
To get the biscuits' shape I used a glass.
Place the biscuits about 2 inches apart in a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius (374 degrees Fahrenheit) and put the biscuits in for 10-15 minutes.
Then let them rest for 20 minutes (they become more rigid as they cool down).
Step 4: Assemble the Alfajores
For the coating you need to melt the chocolate. It is quite simple, you can find many good tutorials here or in this video:
(if you choose to melt the chocolate in the microwave like i did, be careful not to burn it.)
Dip the alfajores in the chocolate and place them on wax paper to cool.
While the chocolate is still warm you can dip the alfajores in peanut or nut chips or anything else you might like.
There's the recipe! I hope you enjoy it.