Desserts around the world often include local ingredients that have been used for centuries to create cultural dishes. For example, hokey pokey ice cream, which consists of vanilla ice cream flecked with bits of honeycomb toffee and chocolate, is a ubiquitous treat in New Zealand. The Cambodian dessert sankhya lapov fills pieces of pumpkin, or sometimes an entire gourd, with coconut custard, and koeksisters (pronounced "cook sisters") are sticky, braided doughnuts covered in spiced syrup. In Argentina, the signature dessert Alfajores are deliciously rich, but simply designed: chefs press dulce de leche filling between two shortbread cookies (coating the cookies in coconut flakes or dipping them in chocolate are optional). Alfajores are a national symbol to the people of Argentina. Learn more below about how one small business, Lucila's, is bringing this Argentine tradition to the United States.
What are Alfajores?
A unique dessert tied closely with the history and culture of Argentina.
Key Facts In This Video
Alfajores consist of two cookies that sandwich a thick layer of dulce de leche. 00:12
Hear what celebrity chef Rick Bayless has to say about alfajores: 01:10
An older, different version of alfajores first arrived in South America with the Spanish invasions of the 16th century. 02:07
Small Business Story: Lucila's Homemade Alfajores
How did this unique bakery get its start?
Chef Rick Bayless on Alfajores
Renowned chef Rick Bayless gives his take on this Argentinian dessert.
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