Alfajores is my absolute favorite cookie. Can’t remember the first time I had one, but it was love at first sight and taste. Yes, also sight. It is a beautiful little pale cookie, 2 layers filled with Dulce De Leche, and coconut all around.
As you probably know by now, I like figuring out how to turn recipes into Dairy Free, Gluten Free, or both. In this case I wanted to try coconut oil, for 2 main reasons (for more on baking with coconut oil click Here)-
1. It is much better for you than butter.
2. It will make it dairy-free and open new options…..
My main concern with Alfajores was the very delicate texture of the cookies. They are, as is, very soft, breakable and crumble. Not adding butter raised the question of if they would still be similar in texture and if they would not completely collapse.
I decided to try a recipe I have made before, based on an allrecipe.com I found way back.
Lemon zest from a whole, medium sized lemon (ONLY if you like a scent of lemon, if not leave it out)
optional- a Tbsp. coffee, liqueur you like or another flavor
Very Cold water as needed