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Alfajores de Maicena (Mini Cakes)

Catriel MenendezComment

These are the most common Alfajores that you will see in any Argentinean house. They are really easy and fast to make. We eat these with our tea at five o’clock, our traditional Mate, or coffee. The texture of this dough is grainy and easy to break. These cookies have to be handled with care after baked. They can be eaten with dulce de leche for a wonderful contrasted. My recipe for dulce de leche is in a previous post.


7oz Butter

7oz Flour

10oz Cornstarch

2 teaspoon Baking powder

5oz Sugar

3 Egg yolks

1 teaspoon Cognac

Lemon Zest

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Pinch of salt



In a bowl, put the butter at room temperature and sugar, and mix until combined.

Keep whipping and add the eggs one by one, then the cognac, lemon zest and vanilla extract.


Sieve together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder in other bowl. Add the mix of dry ingredients to the butter mixture and keep mixing until all is combined.

Let the dough rest at room temperature for half an hour. Preheat the oven at 350* F.

Roll the dough to 1/8 of inch, cut in circles and place them in a baking tray.

Bake them for 5 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool down. Start filling them with dulce de leche like mini cakes.


Put coconut flakes on a plate and wrap the alfajores in it. The coconut will stick on the dulce de leche edges.

This recipe is delicious I hope you will try it and leave a comment!