Chocolate and Prune Cookie Sandwich, a great alfajor

An alfajorin Argentina, is a cookie sandwich with dulce de leche inside. Is the most common snack for children and adults. You can find them at any kiosk, or vending machine. We are the largest consummer, and the one that wins is the chocolate cookie, with dulce de leche and covered in chocolate.

I made another version, a grown up. I don´t think that there are many kids that enjoy eating dried fruit. Not in my country, unless we cheat them and hid some inside a preparation.

I accept that this wasn´t my choice a few years ago. I din´t eat any dried fruit. I don´t know when I started or why.

But here I am, combining prune and chocolate in an alfajor. Moreover, if you want to make prohibitive for infants, add alcohol to the filling and that´s it. And no, the kids cann´t drink alcohol, even though it is nice to make them go to bed early.

Make them, you´ll see that they aren´t difficult at all and I promise you´ll have a very tender treat for an afternoon, or a late night snack, with the taste of prune, accompanied by chocolate. The first day they´re very good, and the second, they become better, moister. I think you´ll surprise more than one.

Prune and Chocolate Alfajores
Chocolate cookie dough
Sugar 100 g
Unsalted butter 100 g
Honey 1 tbsp (or 25 g)
Egg 1
Unsweetened cocoa powder 10 g
Flour 250 g
Cornstarch 50 g
Baking soda 5 g (1 tsp)
Water 25 g

- Beat soft butter with sugar
- Add honey and egg to the previous, and keep beating until  it´s fluffy
- Sift the cocoa, starch and flour and pour in the batter
- Dissolve the baking soda in water and add to the butter mixture
- Mix everything together until homogeneous
- Divide the dough into two rolls of 4 cm thick, as evenly as possible
- Wrap each roll with plastic wrap
- Take to the freezer (or refrigerator) for at least 1 hour to harden
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Grease and flour a baking pan
- Cut one of the rolls into discs 3-5 mm thick and place on the pan
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottom is golden, but not the edges, so we have a soft cookie
- Cool and repeat with the remaining roll

Prune and Chocolate Filling
Prunes (pitted)150 g
Bittersweet or milk chocolate 70 g
Liquor, whiskey, etc, 2 tbsp (optional)

- Chop the prunes and put in a small saucepan with some water, until it´s half covered
- Boil for a few minutes until very tender (depends on how dry your prunes are)
- Drain as much water you can and process with a food processor
- Add the alcohol of choice
- Melt the chocolate and stir into the puree
- Assemble the alfajores with a teaspoon of this filling
- The best is to put all the cookies on the counter, put the filling to half of them, so you can calculate how much filing have each, and cover with another cookie with care, they are fragile

Makes 33 alfajores, one or another fell into my mouth before I could count them.

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