Dulce de Leche Spiced Thumbprint Cookies (Alfajor)

Dulce de Leche Spiced Thumbprint Cookies (Alfajor)

Alfajores are traditional shortbread sandwich cookies filled with Dulce de Leche, a creamy caramel confection made from milk and sugar, found in regions of Spain and parts of Latin America. This cookie has been most popular in Argentina and Uruguay since the mid-19th century.


24 to 26 cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup Domino® Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup prepared Dulce de Leche


Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Cream butter and sugar together in medium mixing bowl until light in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Sift all remaining dry ingredients together in separate bowl, then stir into creamed mixture until well blended. Do not overmix.

Portion dough into halves; wrap in plastic wrap and chill 15– to 20 minutes.

Roll chilled dough into 24 to 26 balls; place 1” inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Make a deep thumbprint in the center of each dough ball.

Bake cookies 10 to 11 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Cookies will firm a bit more after baking.

Fill cooled cookies with 1/2 teaspoon or more of Dulce de Leche.


These cookies, made with pumpkin pie spice, taste like mini caramel pumpkin pies! For a more traditional taste, use only ground cinnamon.

Click here for Dulce de Leche recipe.