Alfajores, Argentina’s Infamous Cookie
|February 19, 2013||Posted by amigofoods under Argentine Foods|
Today, there are many variations of alfajores throughout Latin America. In Peru, alfajores are occasionally filled with an anise flavored syrup instead of dulce de leche. The anise filling gives the alfajor a similar taste to the popular Peruvian Turron de Dona Pepa. Sometimes alfajores use three cookies instead of two hence the name Triple alfajores. Various fillings such as chocolate, fruits and nuts can be used depending on the country, province or region. However, the most popular and traditional filling is dulce de leche.
Argentina is the world’s largest consumer of alfajores. It is an Argentine pastime and very much a part of Argentina’s culture. They are eaten at any time of day and there is no wrong time to indulge oneself. In fact, there are cafe chains that specialize in serving alfajores, most notably Havanna alfajores in Argentina and in Peru, La Casa del Alfajor.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the largest alfajor in the world, measured more then 6 feet in diameter and 36 feet height weighing approximately 1,000 pounds. The gigantic alfajor was created to celebrate Uruguay’s first National Alfajor Festival. It took 30 people to prepare this record breaking alfajor.