Alfajores are cookies usually filled with dulce de leche and are very popular in South American countries, and today we will focus on how do we preserve alfajores?
The alfajores can be at room temperature for 2 or 3 days. For further storage, you can place the alfajores in the fridge for 4 or 5 days or freeze the alfajores for a month.
To learn more about how to preserve homemade alfajores continue reading.
How to keep alfajores assembled?
The alfajores can be stored assembled in 3 different ways, but with a reduced shelf life compared to those without assembling (cookies without the filling), as we will see later.
If you wonder how to preserve cornstarch alfajores? The answer is that all kinds of alfajores are kept the same way and even last the same.
Store assembled alfajores at room temperature.
You can’t store all assembled alfajores at room temperature, as this will depend on the filling. However, the more traditional dulce de leche does.
It is essential to mention that this method is for climates with temperatures below 77°F (25°C). Otherwise, it is not advisable to store them in this way.
To store alfajores at room temperature correctly, follow these instructions:
- Step 1: Place vegetable paper at the bottom of the container.
The container should preferably be airtight, but it can also use a can or glass container.
- Step 2: Arrange the alfajores vertically.
Just as the Oreos cookies are stored, it is also a good strategy thinking about the space.
- Part 3: Store in a cool, dark place.
Stay away from humidity, hot places, or direct light. In this way, you can store alfajores at room temperature for 2 or 3 days.
Keep alfajores assembled in the fridge.
If the weather is scorching, it is best to keep the alfajores refrigerated, especially if the filling requires it.
To store the alfajores in the fridge, do the following:
- Step 1: Line the container internally with parchment paper.
In this case, it is convenient to use an airtight container to keep moisture away, and covering it internally with parchment paper also helps.
- Step 2: Cover well.
You have to close the lid correctly so that not much air or moisture enters.
- Step 3: Refrigerate.
In this way, the alfajores can last between 4 and 5 days.
Freeze the assembled alfajores
Can alfajores be frozen? It is possible to freeze the alfajores in their final form. However, we recommend freezing them when they are in the form of cookies.
In any case, dulce de leche freezes well, so alfajores stuffed with this could freeze well.
To freeze alfajores properly, do the following:
- Step 1: Arrange the alfajores on a tray.
First, you should place waxed or vegetable paper on the tray and then put the alfajores, leaving a space between them so that they do not stick.
- Step 2: Fast freezing.
Place the tray in the freezer for around two hours. We do this to prevent the alfajores from sticking to each other when they will freeze.
- Step 3: Wrap with aluminum foil.
As soon you remove the tray, wrap the alfajores with aluminum foil to protect them from freezing burns.
- Step 4: Store in an airtight container or bag.
These must be suitable for freezing.
- Step 5: Tag.
Setting the storage date will help maintain better control over the alfajores.
- Step 6: Freeze.
Alfajores can remain frozen for a month.
How to preserve alfajor cookies?
As we have told you, alfajor cookies usually last a little longer than the assembled alfajores. They can also be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator and freezer, as in the previous example.
To see how each of these forms of storage is step by step, I invite you to continue reading.
Store alfajores cookies at room temperature
The biscuits of the alfajores adapt well at room temperature, and you have to follow these steps:
- Step 1: Let it cool.
Place the freshly roasted cookies from the oven on a rack.
- Step 2: Place vegetable paper at the bottom of a container.
This can be metal, plastic, or glass, but it must have a lid, and if it is airtight better.
- Step 3: Store the cold cookies in the container.
Place the container where direct light or heat does not stick to it, and it is also dry. The cookies or lids of the alfajores can last a week at room temperature.
Keep the alfajores cookies in the fridge.
To use this kind of storage, we need to make sure we will protect the alfajores from the natural moisture of the refrigerator, and therefore we will do this:
- Step 1: Cool the cookies.
If they are stored hot, it will affect their consistency.
- Step 2: Wrap a row of cookies with film paper.
Make rows of cookies and wrap them in plastic wrap to protect them from moisture.
- Step 3: Store in an airtight container or bag.
The airtight container gives a second layer of protection against moisture.
- Step 4: Label the date
Having control over storage is always an excellent strategy to avoid the consumption of expired food.
- Step 5: Refrigerate.
Alfajores can remain refrigerated for 1 or 2 weeks.
Freeze the biscuits of the alfajores
Can the biscuits of alfajores be frozen? Cookies or lids of alfajores can be frozen well, although thawing could affect their consistency a little.
To freeze the lids or cookies of the alfajores, follow these instructions:
- Step 1: Cool the cookies completely.
Place the cookies on a slit.
- Step 2: Arrange the cookies on a tray.
The tray should have a layer of parchment paper, and on top of it, you place the cookies, leaving space between them.
- Step 3: Perform first freezing.
Let them in the freezer for two hours.
- Step 4: Transfer the frozen lids to an airtight bag.
The bag should be suitable for the freezer.
- Step 5: Place the storage date.
This way, you will know how long the cookies have been frozen.
- Step 6: Save to the freezer.
If you have followed all the steps, the cookies or lids of the alfajores may last frozen for two months. 
Preserve the mass of the alfajores
Another valuable way to preserve alfajores is by storing the initial dough. Here we have two options: refrigerated or frozen since it should not be at room temperature for a long time.
Keep the dough of the alfajores in the fridge.
This is a good storage method for advancing part of the preparation.
To store the dough of the alfajores in the fridge, you must do the following:
- Step 1: Wrap the dough with film paper.
This will prevent it from drying out quickly.
- Step 2: Flatten or roll the dough.
It is advisable to flatten the dough a little, giving it a square shape or like a tube.
- Step 3: Store in an airtight container or bag.
The airtight container will prevent the dough from absorbing the smell of other foods, plus it adds an extra layer of protection.
- Step 4: Store in the coldest area of the fridge.
Try to place the dough away from the refrigerator door since the temperature is much more stable.
If you follow all these tips, the dough of the alfajores can remain in good condition for 2 or 3 days.
Freeze the dough of the alfajores
Can the alfajores’ dough be frozen? There is no problem freezing the dough of the alfajores since it freezes well. Therefore, it’s a suitable method for those who don’t have too much time to cook.
The best way to freeze the mass of alfajores is as follows:
- Step 1: Stretch and cut the dough.
In this way, you will freeze the figure of the cookie without baking since it is much more practical than freezing the whole dough.
- Step 2: Arrange the cut dough on a tray.
First, place parchment paper on the tray, then put on top the dough, leaving space between them.
- Step 3: Freeze for 2-3 hours.
This first freezing is essential to prevent them from sticking later.
- Step 4: Move to an airtight container or bag.
After freezing, store the pieces in an airtight container or bag suitable for the freezer.
- Step 5: Tag.
You must place the storage date.
- Step 6: Save to the freezer.
In this way, the dough of the lids of the alfajores can last about two months.
How do you know when alfajores are bad?
It is simple to know if the alfajores spoiled. First, if you see any green, black, or white spots, it could indicate that mold developed. In this case, discard them to avoid any poisoning after eating them.
Second, if they have a bad smell, such as rancid, this is indicative that the filling or cookie of the alfajor spoiled, so again, discard it.
And finally, if they taste disgusting, avoid eating them.
How long do alfajores last?
The shelf life depends on the method of storage of the alfajores and also in what form are they (raw, baked, etc.), so here is a summary:
|Alfajores at room temperature||2 – 3 days|
|Refrigerated alfajores||4 – 5 days|
|Frozen Alfajores||1 month|
|Biscuits or cookies of alfajores at room temperature||1 week|
|Biscuits or cookies of alfajores refrigerated||1 -2 weeks|
|Biscuits or cookies of alfajores frozen||2 months|
|Refrigerated alfajores dough||2 – 3 days|
|Frozen alfajores dough||2 months|
What is the best way to preserve alfajores?
Assembled alfajores can stay well for a few days at room temperature.
However, suppose the temperature is above 25°C. In that case, the alfajores could be damaged much faster, so it is advisable to refrigerate them. If stored correctly, they can last longer than at room temperature.
Freezing the armed alfajores is not recommended since not all fillings freeze well. In addition, it could damage the consistency of the alfajores, although those of dulce de leche freezes well.
For those who have a hectic life, freezing the dough to make the alfajores is a clever strategy.
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