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Cooking with Jovi: Alfajores de Maizena

To make Alfajores, you’ll need to get your human to bring home the following:

  • 2 1/2 cups cornstarch ( Maizena Brand)
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter (two whole sticks!)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • The rind of one lemon, as small as possible.
  • 1-2 teaspoons caramel liqueur
  • Dulce de Leche

Ingredients

First of all, you’ll be in the kitchen for a while (up to 2 hours if you get distracted by bunny rabbits like I do), so go put on some good music to jam to. Wash your paws while you’re at it.

In a big bowl, beat the butter until creamy. You might have to put it in the microwave for 40 seconds to make it easier to work with, but it gets there after a good while of whisking.
Add the sugar gradually, beating until the mixture feels light and sandy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each one goes in. Then beat in the vanilla, lemon rind and liqueur.
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Now we add the dry ingredients (the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt). Gradually add them to the butter mix one bit at a time, beating until thoroughly combined each time. This is a lot easier than putting in all the dry ingredients at one, and also helps keep the mess down.
Speaking of mess, time to use your paws. Put both of them in the bowl and start grabbing. Work the dough until it feels like it’s all the same one thing.
Roll the dough and flatten it with a rolling pin. I like to use a shot glass to cut the cookies, and do it over and over until the dough runs out.
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Spread some butter on the cookie sheets, load them up and the’lly go in the oven at 350 degrees for about15 minutes.
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Take them out of the baking sheets as soon as you get them out of the oven, and let them cool down. If you want to leave them in the fridge overnight, that’s ok. Just don’t leave the kitchen a mess before going to bed.

The cookies should be hard, but they do fall apart easily if you mishandle them! So be careful while you spread some Dulce de leche on a cookies and make a sandwich with another one. Then, you roll this on some shredded coconut, which ends up sticking all around because of the Dulce the Leche that squeezed out. You could also help it stick by spreading just a bit extra Dulce de Leche on the side of each “sandwich” before you roll it on the coconut.
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