Posted by: Zorymar | December 21, 2010


‘Tis the season to get together to share some good laughs, great food and wonderful times. Today it was Laura’s turn, she invited us over and among other tasty things she made these delicious alfajores Cali-style, here’s the recipe:

3 cups corn starch
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pound butter (450 grams)
Dulce de Leche for filling
Powdered sugar or shredded coconut to decorate

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: corn starch, flour and powdered sugar, then add the melted butter and knead until thoroughly combined. Extend the dough with a rolling-pin, leaving it between 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch thick. Proceed to cut small circles using a cookie cutter or a small glass, place these on a baking sheet previously brushed with butter or lined with parchment paper, and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies begin to brown slightly. Make sure the cookies themselves don’t brown, they should keep their white colour. Let the cookies cool well, then proceed to make little sandwiches by placing some Dulce de Leche between 2 cookies. You can decorate with powdered sugar on top. I like to spread a bit more dulce de leche on the border and roll them in shredded coconut, they look funky and the coconut adds a nice touch of flavour as well. Yields approximately 40 alfajores, depending on the size of the cookies.

Note: If you can’t find Dulce de Leche you can cook an unopened can of condensed milk in a large pot with simmering water at medium heat for about 2-and-a-half to 3 hours, making sure the water covers the can at all times. Let the can cool, then open and scoop out the dulce de leche.



  1. Very nice post

    • Thanks Babygirl, hope you try to make these!

  2. My most favorite, favorite thing…Thank you. I just haven’t dared make them.
    Nice to find you, love your food and your story…Come hang with us at the Tiki Tiki…we write about dulce de leche a lot!

    • You’re very welcome Carrie! You should definitely try making them, they’re really simple, I promise, and so tasty! I’ll definitely check out Tiki Tiki! 🙂

  3. I’ve been looking for this recipe for a long time. I have some similar ones but this is the ONE I remember my friend’s MariaElena’s mom making for us around Christmas time and when we were on vacation. I did not have the exact measurements and the other recipes did not work..This one did! Thank you for sharing it.

    • It’s great when you are able to make something that brings back such good memories, happy to know this recipe worked for you Amalia! 🙂

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