December 12, 2011

2011 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Citrus Alfajores

'Tis the season...to eat cookies. 
Duh.
Well maybe not just eat cookies, but it's not a bad idea!


So you can imagine my excitement when I came across the posting by 
Lyndsay at Love and Olive Oil & Julie at The Little Kitchen about 
The 2011 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. 

The idea: Have several food bloggers from across the United States sign up to take part of the cookie swap (600 to be exact!) have them each bake 3 dozen cookies and send a dozen to 3 other bloggers.  
Then sit back, relax, and wait for your very own 3 dozen cookies to arrive at your door!! 

I figured: 
Hey. 
I can bake  
and  
I'm pretty good at sitting back  
and  
I'm pretty friggin' spectacular at eating cookies. 
Win. Win. Win.

So I put on my apron, got out my rolling pin and decided on a variation of my absolute favorite cookie: Peruvian Alfajores!  

Alfajores are a biscuit-y, slightly sweet wafer/cookie filled with dulce de leche and rolled in powdered sugar.  They are very common in Peru and many other Latin countries with each one having their own variation on the same basic cookie. Growing up, I LOVED when my family would bring these from Peru when they'd visit us.  I have not been able to readily find these in any bakeries so I decided to start making them myself.


But this was the first annual cookie swap. 
I couldn't just make any ol' alfajor. 
It had to be bad ass. It had to be unique. 
I had to bring my "A" game.
So here you go:  
Citrus Alfajores.





Why citrus? Well, I had been craving lemon poppyseed cake and alfajores for over a month now and decided to mesh the two together.  Imagine an alfajor and a lemon fell in love and decided to "take their relationship to the next level"...
The result:
Deliciousness.

So I modified my original recipe, made sure they tasted fabulous, bundled up my creations in wax paper and bubble wrap lined Christmas tins and mailed them off :)



Home Made...Just for You!!


I'd also like to thank Jessica at The Novice Chef for her delicious Peanut Butter Cream'wiches, Heather at Farmgirl Gourmet for the Dark Chocolate Caramel Bit cookies, and Rebekah at The Cooking Vent for her Gingersnap Cream Cheese Sandwich cookies. They really made my day!!


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