ALFAJORES

Shortbread Cookies Sandwich with Dulce de Leche Filling. Icing Sugar is sprinkled on top.

Photo by jamieanne / CC BY

PERUVIAN ALFAJORES

PERU

12TH CENTURY

 

OTHER NAMES: alfajor (singular form), alfaxor or alaxur

 

The name, Alfajor, derived from Arabic word, الفاخر‎, which means luxury. It is a South American type of shortbread sandwich cookie that filled with dulce de leche (caramel filling). [1]

 

This cookie has its origin in the Middle East, which is very similar to the sweet called alajú, but the presence of alfajor is evident in the area of southern Peru during the 12th and 13th centuries. [2]

 

Today, there are restaurant chains dedicated entirely to the alfajor cookie, whose brand names are as recognizable as Starbucks in the US. [3]

 

BASIC INGREDIENTS:

Flour, butter, honey, Dulce de Leche Filling

Optional: sugar, rolled in coconut flakes, dipped in chocolate, filling with nuts, fruits, or chocolate

Alfajores with Coconut Flakes

Photo by rilmara / CC BY

FOOD & GIFTS

Havanna

Alfajores Mixtos x6 Chocolate y Dulce de Leche Argentino 

Genesis of Cookies, 16"x20"

Poster that illustrates the origin of cookies with place & time of invention

Cookie Phone Case, black

(iphone 4-7, Samsung Galaxy S4-S7)

Fill your phone with cookies and discover their origin of place and time!

Alchemy of Tea, 16"x20"

Poster that illustrates the beauty of Tea Making

Evolution of Ice Cream, 16"x20"

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