Submitted by Monica Lamberti. Alfajores are sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche. They are very typical of many Latin American countries with some variations in the dough. This is a Peruvian version of these delicious cookies!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into small pieces, and softened
  • 1 ½ cups dulce de leche, at room temperature


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Pulse until dough comes together into a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour so that you can shape the soft dough into a ball. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and roll the dough ⅛ inch thick. Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and transfer them to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. 
  • Bake the cookies until they are golden and firm, about 12 – 15 minutes. Let them cool off and spread the dulce de leche to make the sandwich cookies. Dust them with confectioners’ sugar.