VALENTINE’S ALFAJORES

VALENTINE’S SWEETS

Valentine's Alfajor2

 Hey there cuties, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY <3!

Hope you’re all enjoying this weekend, either cause of Valentine’s or cause of the long weekend :D!

If you’ve visited BakeandRead before you’ll know what ALFAJORES (a.k.a the most delicious cookie in the planet), so this recipe is actually a variation of those heavenly cookies ❤ This was my first time making them but they turned out amazing (so they said 😉 ). Since it was the first time I did about 24 of them using different techniques (which explains the white cookies in the picture).

INGREDIENTS

  • – 1 cup cornstarch
  • – ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • – 2tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  • – 1 tsp baking powder
  • – ½ tsp baking soda
  • – ¼ tsp salt
  • – 8 tbsp (1 bar) unsalted butter
  • – 1/2 coconut sugar
  • – 2 egg yolks
  • – 1 can of dulce de leche, La Lechera
  • – Nutella (as needed)
  • Heart molds

 

 Tips

I usually do this recipe the old fashion way with no electric mixer, but you can use it if you one, tastes the same.

PROCESS

  1. Line up two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl mix the dry ingredients (first 6).
  3. In a medium bowl combine the butter and sugar (use the electric mixer with paddle attachment or a fork and your hand). If you use a mixer make sure to stop it every few seconds to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix until light in color and fluffy.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the dry ingredients) one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients (for this I like to use a wooden spoon, but you can continue to use the stand mixer, put it in low speed and add the ingredients little by little)
  6. At this point I now use my hands to combine it a little more and shape it into a disk. Cover it with plastic paper and put it on the fridge for 30min-1hr.

 

This is the difficult part, so just be patient :)!

  1. Take the dough out and place it on a lightly floured surface (I covered my table with plastic wrap and floured it, you can do that or use a baking sheet) and roll the dough, it might crack a little but it should hold together (If it doesn’t hold together, knead it a bit more and roll it again). Keep rolling until it’s about ¼ in thick.

 

Preheat the oven to 350F (177C)

  1. Stamp the hearts and cut them out.
  2. Place the cookies on the sheets and bake for 12-14min.
  3. Take them out and place them on a wire rack to cool (7-10min).
  4. Open the dulce de leche can, flip the cookies upside-down and generously spread it. Do half with Nutella and half with dulce de leche :)!

 

Depending on how thin you make them, this recipe would yield 10-14 cookie sandwiches.

Thank you so much for visiting! Hope you had enjoy this recipe and if you go ahead and try it, let me know your results :D! And/or if you have any questions. Feel free to comment, LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to enjoy more recipes like this :)!

 

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