I am trying to make alfajores, following this recipe. What steps should I take to make them more crumbly?

  • What is your recipe?
    – Mien
    Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 13:09
  • I believe alfajores are quite different from country to country, so I don't think anyone can even hope to answer without you posting your recipe.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 16:17
  • Describe what you mean by crumbly? Would you like the cookie to break up into pieces when you bite it OR would you like it be very flaky so you could scratch it and leave a pile of dust?
    – MADCookie
    Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 23:40
  • The former; it should offer little resistance when bit.
    – Emre
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 0:02

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You want to minimize gluten formation, like in making pastry. So, use a low-gluten (pastry) flour. That recipe uses cornstarch alongside flour, which makes sense. You also want to, as much as possible, minimize water and coat the starch granules with fat. So, you might try spinning the flour and fat in a food processor before mixing in the wet ingredients. Definitely use the brandy -- same idea as vodka in a pie crust which helps to prevent gluten formation!

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