Peruvian Alfajores

I recently traveled to Peru and discovered one of my new favorite desserts. I picked it out of the dessert case at a cafe we were eating at and fell in love!

Alfajores are cookie sandwiches filled with dulce de leche. When we happened to be going through a Peruvian grocery store, I decided to buy a few bottles of dulce de leche so I could make these once I was back home. Above are pictures of the Peruvian grocery store and one of the many alfajores I had while in Peru.

Once I was home, I found a recipe and got to work. The cookie part of the alfajor is made from cornstarch instead of flour, which makes it very delicate. I think I broke half of the cookies while making these, but it was worth it!

These alfajores are made from two cornstarch cookies and are filled with dulce de leche. They are also topped with powdered sugar (and sometimes the sides are rolled in coconut flakes, but I did not do this).



  • 2 1/2 cups corn starch
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 jar dulce de leche
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs an the sugar for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the butter and continue mixing.
  4. Next add the corn starch and baking powder slowly. The dough will begin to form. If the dough feels dry add milk, if it feels sticky add a little more cornstarch.
  5. On a sheet of parchment paper, roll the dough with a floured rolling pin until about 1/8 inch thick.
  6. Cut the dough with a round or round scalloped cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7.  Bake for 8 minutes.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool before filling.
  9. When completely cool, put the dulce de leche into a piping bag (or ziplock bag with the corner cut) and put about 1 tsp worth of dulce de leche onto the bottom cookie.
  10. Next, place another cookie on top and gently press together (being careful not to break the cookies).
  11. Now dust the tops of the alfajores with powdered sugar and you’re done!