150g. room temperature butter
A pinch of salt
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 beaten egg
Grated zest of one lemon
Grated zest of one orange
50g cocoa powder
3g baking soda
5g baking powder
Optional: chocolate for the chocolate coating
1. Add the butter, sugar and a pinch of salt to a large bowl and mix until creamy.
2. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add it to the previous mixture, continue to mix until the egg is fully incorporated.
3. Now add the vanilla extract, grated citrus peel and honey, and work these ingredients in as well.
4. Finally, sift the dry ingredients: cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch and flour into the previous mixture and mix with a spoon until a uniform dough is formed.
5. Put the dough on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and flatten it with your hand. Cover the dough with another piece of baking paper and roll it out with a rolling pin so that the dough is even and neither too thick nor too thin.
Then place the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Once the hour is up, you can cut out the alfajores lids. We use a round cookie cutter with a diameter of about 4-5 cm. If the dough sticks to the cutter, dip it in flour.
Place the cut-out circles on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
If the dough gets too warm and hard to cut, put it back in the fridge.
7. Once all the cookies are cut out, bake them at 180 °C for about 6-8 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, the cookies should still be a little soft in the middle.
It is important to pay attention to the time so that the cookies don't get too hard, otherwise the dulce de leche may come out on the sides when you bite into the alfajores.
After baking, let the alfajores lids cool completely.
8. Then you can fill them with dulce de leche. To do this, take a cookie and smear a generous amount of dulce de leche on it with a knife. Then take a second cookie and press it on the cookie coated with dulce de leche.
Option 1: Dust the alfajores with a little powdered sugar and enjoy!
Option 2: If you want to cover the alfajores with chocolate, melt the chocolate in a water bath and use a spoon to dip the alfajores one by one.
Place the coated alfajores on a wire rack with a plate or baking sheet underneath to allow the chocolate to drip off until completely dry.