Big thanks to our friends Andrew & Angela Ramsammy, not just for giving us this box of confections that they brought back from Buenos Aires, but for introducing me to a whole new food!
Until this past weekend, I had no idea what alfajores were. Similar in appearance to the French macaron, South American alfajores consist of shortbread-type cookies sandwiched together by dulce de leche. These Havanna brand alfajores are a bit more cakelike, tasting of honey, almonds, and hazelnuts. In Argentina, they're often covered in dark or white chocolate.
Alfajores are typically enjoyed around Christmastime, and I can see why. They would be great with a snifter of brandy or maybe dark rum.
Guess what? I can feel a new copycat recipe coming on. Must. Make. Homemade. Alfajores!
Fortunately, there seem to be a great many recipes online. I'm gonna jump in and be an alfajor-making machine come Christmastime.