Alfajores were an ancient traditional Spanish sweet. It was exported (and adapted) via colonization to several Latin American countries. This is the Peruvian version.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies / approximately 2 pounds 2 ounces of dough.


  • All purpose flour                        1 # (4 cups)
  • Powdered sugar                         2 oz. (½ cup)
  • Salt                                                1 tsp.
  • Butter, room temperature       1 # (2 cups)
  • Vanilla extract                            1 tsp.
  • Manjar blanco                            1 recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F.
  2. Sift together the flour, 10x and salt; then whisk to combine
  3. Add the butter; mix the ingredients together by hand until dough forms.
  4. Add the vanilla; work the dough until smooth.
  5. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.
  6. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface (about ¼” thickness), then cut into fluted rounds (2 – 2½”).
  7. Place on parchmented baking sheet; chill for 10-15 minutes (until cut cookies are chilled, but not frozen).
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes (until the tops turn a light golden color).
  9. Cool to room temperature on baking sheet, then transfer to rack (cookies will crumble if moved when still warm). Cool completely.
  10. Spread or pipe the manjar blanco on one alfajor, and top with another to make a sandwich. Dust with powdered sugar.


  • Both weight and volume measures are provided; but I recommend the weight measure, as it is more accurate.
  • Baked cookies are extremely delicate. Store flat, with parchment sheets between layers.
  • Cookies freeze well, but manjar blanco may become grainy or slimy when frozen. Freeze unfilled cookies, but keep filled cookies at room temperature if possible.
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Recipe by Jennifer Ramos Lorson.

  2 comments for “Alfajores

  1. yazmin
    October 31, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    thank you for posting this and all the other recepis you have on your site. Im Peruvian born and raised there till the age of 9 ( ;( ) lol. my mother and grandmother are great cooks. I suck, lol. I try and duplicate but don’t come even close. they don’t messure anything my grandmother taught me to make arroz con leche it is my favorite i could eat it everyday, but I can not make it I have written it down and made it w/ her so many times but when on my own it turns to mush. so I will be trying your recipies and hoping for the best. love the fact that you have pictures of the steps so i know what mine should look like. again thank you for your post. :)

    • October 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy trying out the recipes… I promise they are not difficult. But if you have any questions, please feel free to email or comment again – I’d be happy to help you as much as I can! ¡Buen provecho!

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