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Alfajores Peruanos (Dessert)

If you love Arequipe, you won’t want to miss this sweet Peruvian dessert. While Alfajores are considered a traditional Argentinian dessert, Peruvian cuisine has its own variation.

Ingredients:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 120g of cornstarch
  • 90g of wheat flour
  • 8 tablespoons of butter
  • 65g of sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoonful of dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of brandy
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Mix 120g of cornstarch, 90 g of wheat flour, 1 teaspoonful of dry yeast, half a teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix the 8 tablespoons of butter, 65g of sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of brandy and some vanilla extracts (3 to 4 drops.) You can use an electric mixer or a hand mixer until you get a uniform mixing.
  3. Afterwards, slowly add the wheat mixture to your second mixture while you blend it. Again, do it until the mix is free of lumps, so you can get a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Now that the mixture is ready, make a ball with it, roll the dough, and cover it with cling film. Make sure it’s well wrapped.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and a place it over a layer of baking paper. Cover it with another layer of baking paper, and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it has a ½ centimeter thickness.
  7. Now you can remove the upper layer of baking paper, and use cookie cutters to give it your personal touch.
  8. Preheat the oven at 356℉. Bake the Alfajores for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the borders are crisp or golden. Remove them from the oven. Set aside to cool completely.
  9. To finish, spread a thick layer of Arequipe over one cookie, and cover it with another cookie. Sprinkle icing sugar over the Alfajores.
  10. Enjoy! (or how we like to say in Perú: ¡salud!)