So, I took care of the Christmas gifts for my office coworkers. Now, what to do for the neighbors?
Since the coworkers got salsa, Katie and I thought we'd stick with the Latin theme. Why not Alfajores?
Alfajores are a popular cookie in several South American countries, and the recipe we have comes to us by way of Katie's parents who got it from a woman in Argentina. Katie's dad served an LDS mission to Argentina, and Katie's parents also served a mission together in the same area.
Alfajores are filled with dulce de leche, a caramel spread made from sweetened condensed milk. Doesn't sweetened condensed milk make everything better? You can find dulce de leche in the grocery store, but we prefer to make our own.
We had over fifty deliveries to make. Since each alfajor is made up of two cookies, Katie figures she made sixty dozen cookies. Holy Cow! Good thing baking is like therapy for us. But, the cookies really are easy to make, so it goes fast.
And, the cookies are best eaten after a day or two. The dulce de leche softens up the cookies. Yum to the max!
To make things even more festive, we used
food coloring to color the dough red and green.
I'm not a huge coconut fan, so we left it off.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- Shredded coconut
Dulce de Leche (filling)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk