The cuteness can come in several forms, tastes and colors…alfajores of (de) maicena / maizena a popular brand for corn starch, dipped in semi-sweet-chocolate, dipped in white chocolate, with grated coconut on the side and…many more.
Lets see the “Five Ws” for the Alfajores
What are Alfajores?
It’s principally a sweet sandwich of 2 round cookies with dulce de leche (manjar blanco or arequipe) in the middle and sprinkled with powdered sugar or they’re rolled in coconut as well. The cookies can be hard or soft-type depending of the recipe.
Lately there’re sweet-monster-towers with 3 or more cookies/layers that melt in your mouth immediately obtaining your sweet tooth satisfaction
Where Alfajores came from and can be found commonly?
The culinary history of the alfajor can be tracked to the original one from Spain that habitually is done for Christmas and with some variants like honey and almonds.
If we go further back in history, you’ll find that they came to Spain when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula (A similar alfajor version of the actual one and the word is from the Arabic word for great filled sweets)
Recently the actual alfajores arrived to South America with the Spanish immigrants. In my country Uruguay are immensely popular.
They’re found also in other Latin American countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.
Who eat Alfajores?
Kids go crazy with them but adults are not far to the alfajor because are splendid-one bite. The big guys of the alfajores-team can be marvelous in kcals, so this is a point to have in mind if you are doing some type of healthy diet and you can eat them, but sporadically.
If someone in the world bites an alfajor, I bet that this person becomes an “addict” to the same.
When people eat Alfajores?
Well anytime! At breakfast, as a quick yummy dessert at lunch/dinner, at tea coffee-time, with mate, while driving (it’s “perfect” don’t disturb too much). In general, always, there isn’t an excuse to end eating one 😀
In Uruguay there’re alfajores everywhere, even, somebody has said that they grow from the ground and finalize completely delicious with a dulce de leche layer inside when are mature….just warm from bakeries/ovens…
Why you’d eat Alfajores
Do you need any good reason?? Do it only one time and tell me later!!
Need more reasons to be excited about the alfajores?
Check out these wonderful recipes and articles with the alfajor as the centre of them.
Alfajor Recipes Center
- Alfajores Recipe
- Nutella Alfajores – World Nutella Day 2009
- Alfajores Recipe
- Day 7: Alfajores
- Real homemade alfajores
- Alfajores / Caramel Cookies
- Alfajores – the coolest cookie in the Americas, at least that’s what I think
- How to Make Homemade Alfajores
- Dulce Danger
- Alfajores de Dulce de Leche
Which are your preferred alfajor? With dulce de leche, peanut butter, jams or only your own-homemade-type? My answer to these questions is obvious.. every one of them! And you?