Alfajores (Argentine-Style Sandwich Cookies)

Argentinian Alfajores

Active Time

30 minutes

Total Time

1 hour, 40 minutes

Serving Size



  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 orange, for juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • Powdered sugar (optional for serving)


  1. Place butter in large bowl to soften. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Juice orange (¼ cup). Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl.
  2. Add sugar to butter; beat with electric mixer until pale yellow and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended. Stir in flour mixture (in batches) until blended. Beat in milk, orange juice, and vanilla until dough forms.
  3. Scoop (or form) dough into 48 (1-inch) balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Arrange on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake 10–12 minutes until edges are lightly golden and centers are set. Let stand to cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to rack to cool completely.
  4. Spread dulce de leche on flat sides of 24 cookies; top with remaining 24 cookies. Dust with powdered sugar, if using. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per 1⁄24 recipe serving: Calories 200, Total Fat 8g, Sat Fat 4.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Chol 35mg, Sodium 140mg, Total Carb 30g, Fiber 0g, Total Sugar 18g, (Incl. 16g Added Sugars), Protein 3g, Vitamin D 0%, Calc 6%, Iron 6%, Potassium 0%