Alfajores with Dulce de Leche, Maicena and Alfajor Coated of Chocolate – a Luscious Sweetness


Alfajores, did I say sweet heavenly Alfajores? A snack with luscious sweetness and potentially a meal (yes you can eat an entire batch and nothing more!)
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.


Alfajores de Maicena with Dulce de Leche

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 πŸ™‚


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.

Chocolate Coated Alfajores with Dulce de Leche


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 πŸ˜€
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…

Alfajores de Maizena with Dulce de Leche


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

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?

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They all look so delicious!!!


Thank you for the linky love… I absolutely ADORE these cookies, along w/ everything else made with dulce de leche!!


I've always claimed I did not have a sweet tooth, but looking at this post, you've made me a liar.


Your alfajores look absolutely perfect! I've only had these once but I have very fond memories of them. My favourite is with dulce de leche! πŸ™‚


The alfajore has been my fave find living in South America. They try to make them here in Brazil, but the best I've had have been from Argentina. I love Havana and they put a small shop in Sao Paulo airport so I can always get one when I'm flying. πŸ™‚

I do need to attempt making them on my own sometime. I'm all about the dulce de leche (doce de leite) and then covered in chocolate!

Chow and Chatter

yummy, great info and history as ever Rebecca, oh would you like to do a guest post for me on how you make time to stay in shape and the activity you do to inspire others?

rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

Hugging the Coast

This is right up my culinary alley! I love dulce de leche so I'd really love to try these!


I love everyone of them too. They are great snacks during day with a cup of black tea.


Must be delicious!

It kinda looks similar to macarons, right?


They all look mouth watering good.

Carolyn Jung

I LOVE alfajores! Have only enjoyed them a couple times in my life, but loved them each time. I think my fave are the dulce de leche and the ones with fruit jam in the middle. You have me craving them now! πŸ˜‰

Marian Blazes

Great blog! I learned to love alfajores in Peru. I love the ones with maicena, rolled in coconut, but in Peru there were also "alfajores de miel" which had anise flavoring and a kind of syrup that stuck the cookies together… they are really good.


I am a dulce de leche addict.I'd eat anything and I mean anything! with dulce de leche…


great info about alfajores gera!! ill prefer with jam and peanut butter also with crumpy πŸ™‚ often use to bake them at home.. one of my kids fav home made cookies πŸ™‚ have a nice weekend gera!


Hola Gera,

Thank you for the link! I adore alfajores.

Have a great weekend!


I think your alfajores are wonderful, in South America we have many types with and without chocolates, normally stuffed with Dulce de Leche, Im fromChile and to some types of alfajores we say, "chilenitos", I have tosay I love Dulce de Leche ever and ever!! Gloria


I've never had these before…but dulce de leche…I want to try some!


I keep seeing alfajores pop up every where in the food blogging community and I have to say they look so yummy! I am a huge fan of dulce de leche, it makes me want to make my own batch

Rosa's Yummy Yums

A wonderful treat! Those cookies look so delicious! I love dulce leche…




mmmmm…delicious!!!! I love alfajores!


So delicious! πŸ˜€

W/dulce de leche everything πŸ™‚

Now you can have a sweet doubt with them πŸ˜‰

@Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
You'd try them often mmmm πŸ™‚

The Havana alfajores are great too. With doce de leite Brazilian style and chocolate is super πŸ™‚

@Chow and Chatter
A sweet culinary history! Sure send you email later! πŸ˜‰

@Hugging the Coast
Your culinary alley! Wow πŸ˜€

Alfajores with a cup of black tea, perfect πŸ™‚

@Marian Blazes
Thanks! Oh I've never saw this type of "alfajores de miel" sounds so yummy! πŸ˜€

Yes they're relatives of the macarons! πŸ™‚

Really mouth watering πŸ™‚

@Carolyn Jung
It isn’t my intention to make you craving them…but it happens! πŸ™‚

We're dulce de leche addicts hehe πŸ˜‰

@[email protected]
Nice selection too with jam and peanut butter yummm πŸ™‚

It's pretty sweet-dangerous to make your own batch of alfajores! πŸ˜‰

Thanks and the same to you Erica! πŸ™‚

@5 Star Foodie You're missing a lot Natasha! πŸ™‚

The "chilenitos", wow! nice name for the alfajores. I didn’t know that Gloria πŸ™‚

You'd try them…you won't be disappointed πŸ™‚

@Rosa's Yummy Yums
Really a breathtaking treat Rosa! πŸ˜‰

It seems so many people love them πŸ™‚


Thanks for the link, Gera! I'm going to put you in my blogroll πŸ˜‰


Love dulce de leche. I could use a few of these for breakfast πŸ™‚


I have never heard of them! they look DIVINE.. all the version. What i would love is a soft one with jam;-D & others too (except peanut butter) depending on my mood. Who eats them? LOL who would not?


Will definitely make this. Sounds delicious and tempting.

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