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Alfajores

These alfajores cookies are courtesy of blogger Matt Armendariz of mattbites.com.

  • Yield: Makes about 30
Alfajores

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Summer 2008

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Store-bought dulce de leche, cajeta, or jam
  • Confectioners' sugar, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and continue mixing until well combined, about 1 minute. Working in batches, add flour mixture; mix until well combined. Add milk, orange juice, and vanilla; continue mixing until a dough forms, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Using a tablespoon or a small ice cream scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Transfer to oven and bake, rotating baking sheets halfway through baking, until golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack until completely cool.

  5. When cookies have cooled completely, spread the bottoms of half of the cookies with dulche de leche, cajeta, or jam; sandwich together with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Just before serving, lightly sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

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