Alfajores De Maicena Recipe

alfajores de maicena recipe

Alfajores are a popular snack in Argentine, where they are called Maecenas, and they are often served with ice cream. Growing up in Argentine, I was very familiar with this traditional dessert, which I grew up enjoying every chance I could. After moving to the US, I finally got to try them at an ice cream parlor in Tijuana. They are very easy to make but also require a lot of practice to master the techniques involved.

Alfajores de maicena recipe that I’ve grown to love in recent years and in my opinion, it’s one of the most delicious and well-loved Argentine snacks in the world. The recipe you’re about to discover is shared for you by culinary expert and cookbook author, Isabel.

Although many people think that making alfajores de maicena recipe at home is easy, it’s not quite the case. It’s important to put in the time and effort to make this traditional Argentine dessert, but it’s not as complicated as it may seem. To make alfajores de maicena you will need to make a lot of delicate pastry scraps, make a lot of sugar syrup, and you will also need to bake the cakes.

How To Make Alfajores De Maicena

The ingredients are simple, the process is easy, the serving sizes are small, but the outcome is amazing. It’s super tasty and easy to make. I guess it can be eaten as a dessert or as a snack. It’s not very dense so it’s caloric, but it’s not at all heavy. It’s sweet, with a nice balance of vanilla and butter. It’s pleasant and it’s satisfying. After collecting all the following ingredients, let’s start making a healthy alfajores de maicena recipe.


  • Flour, 1 ¾ cups 
  • Cornstarch, 2 cups
  • Egg yolk, 5 
  • Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
  • Baking powder, 2 tsp
  • Sticks of butter, 2 
  • Powdered sugar, 1 ¼ cups
  • Dulce de leche, 1 ¼ cup 
  • Coconut, ¼ cup


Step 1

In a bowl, place the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Mix the ingredients together and set them aside.

Step 2

In another mixing bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. To make the process go faster, use an electric mixer. 

Step 3

Add the five egg yolks one by one, along with the vanilla essence. The next step is to combine the previous flour mixture with the new one and mix until a smooth dough forms. 

Step 4

We will wrap the bowl with foil and place it in the refrigerator for one hour after finishing the beating and shaping of the dough. Set aside 2 baking trays and line them with baking sheets for later use. 

Step 5

On a floured surface, roll out the dough. Use a 2-2.5 inch round or fluted cutter to outline the cookies. Make more cookies by rolling out leftover dough. 

Step 6

Set the baking sheets aside and put the cookies back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.

Step 7

Our final step will be to bake each prepared baking sheet for 8-10 minutes. During this time, the biscuits will remain light in color. Next, we will cool the sheets completely.

Step 8

using a pastry bag or spoon, we’ll spread dulce de leche over the first cookie and seal it tenderly before adding another cookie on top. 

Alfajores De Maicena Recipe

Cuisine: Argentine

Cuisine type: Dessert

Servings: 40 Servings

Preparation time: 90 Minutes

Cooking time: 30 Minutes

Total time: 2 Hours

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