The Holidays are right around the corner, and in our house, that means cookie baking time! The theme this year is none other than the main Mouse himself……. Mickey! With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to bring some Disney magic to our Christmas tradition, specifically our Alfajores.
My fiancé’s mom visits us this time every year from Bogotá, and now these delicious Colombian treats are a staple in our home. Alfajores are sandwich cookies that are filled with creamy dulce de leche, and covered in powdered sugar. They have a very crumbly texture, and keep their shape best when small (unless you are using a circle cutter). Their sides can also be rolled in yummy shaved coconut flakes. Sadly, my daughter Emily is not a coconut fan, so we skip this ingredient.
I was able to order these Mickey shaped cookie cutters on Amazon, and received them within 2 days! The medium-sized Mickey head cutter was used for this recipe. That being said, I did begin with the largest one, however it just didn’t feel sturdy enough. Of course, you can use any cutter you prefer to suite your preferences (they are all so cute!).
So, without further ado, I am excited to share my favourite Alfajores cookie recipe with you. Get ready to make your taste buds rejoice!
Mickey Alfajores Cookie Recipe
Delicious Sandwich cookies, traditionally filled with Dulce de Leche. They have a crumbly texture that just melts in your mouth.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 20 Cookies
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Cornstarch
½ Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Jar Dulce de Leche
Preheat your oven to 350F/180C.
In your Mixer or Mixing bowl, cream together your Butter and Powdered sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Be sure to begin on low setting and work the speed-up as the ingredients are incorporated to avoid a mess!
In a separate large bowl, combine flour and corn starch.
Slowly add your dry ingredients and vanilla extract to your butter and sugar mixture, just until combined. It will look crumbly – this is normal. (You can add a little extra room temperature unsalted butter if the texture is too dry)
Remove the mixing bowl from the stand and use your hands to continue to mix the ingredients together.
Place the mixture onto a lightly floured counter and begin to knead until you form a soft dough. Roll into a ball and cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes.
Take a section of your dough and form a ball. Cover with a large enough piece of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4 inch in thickness. (the parchment paper will help avoid sticking issues). Cut out your cookies using your Mickey Cookie cutter.
Place your cookies on a baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper, and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will help them keep their shape while baking!
Depending on the size of your cookies – bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Once baked, place your cookies onto a cooling rack and wait for them to get to room temperature. Spread the inside of one cookie with dulce de leche, and then top with another cookie.
Once all your sandwiches are made, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy 🙂
There are many versions of these cookies, and I tried several recipes before choosing this one as the winner. My grandmother always said simple is best; and she was usually right!
Ultimately, I am extremely happy with how these treats turned out and very excited to share them with my family and friends during the Holidays. In fact, they would be the cutest addition to any Holiday Cookie exchange! Especially for the Disney fan in your entourage.
I would love to hear all about your favourite cookie recipes! Please share in the comments below. Wishing you all the very best this Holiday Season!