I took one of my favourite cookies and made it into an ice cream sammie! Alfajores are a popular Spanish and Latin American dessert. The cookies are similar to a shortbread cookie but not as crumbly. The cornstarch in the mixture gives the dough a smooth satiny texture. Traditionally, they are filled with dulce de leche which is made by slowly reducing fresh milk and sugar until the mixture thickens into a sweet and silky caramel. I bought my Dulce de Leche already prepared from my local grocery store.
I thought this traditional golden caramel-like filling would taste delicious blended into a homemade ice cream so that is exactly what I did! Rolling the sandwiches in coconut flakes is optional but brings these ice cream sammies to a whole new level!
The cookies were really easy to make. I kept an eye on them to make sure I didn’t over cook them. Only the bottom of the cookie should brown and the top should remain pale in colour.
I churned the dulce de leche ice cream and then formed it into a log using plastic wrap so that I could cut thick slices of ice cream that could easily stack between the shortbread cookies. After I rolled them in coconut flakes, I refroze the entire ice cream sandwich on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I noticed that this made them easier to eat because the freezer made the cookie a little bit chewy and the ice cream didn’t squish out the sides.
I hope you all enjoy this fun spin on one of my favourite cookies!