• Cornstarch
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Pisco, or brandy
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Homemade or store-bought dulce de leche
  • Sweetened shredded dried coconut

Alfajores are layered cookies with crisp exteriors and soft, creamy interiors. They come in many flavors, including caramel. This version calls for spreading dulce de leche between two cookies and then coating the edges with shredded toasted coconut. It also includes a bit of South American brandy called Pisco, which adds a special taste.

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