alfajores [al-fah-hor; al-fah-hor-ays] noun
Cookie-like pastries that are very popular throughout South America. They are essentially two thin cookies, usually vanilla or plain butter flavor, cut into small rounds and sandwiched around a filling. Alfajores filling can be dulce de leche, jam or even a chocolate frosting. Sometimes the cookie is similar to shortbread, other times there is leavener included. Some versions are even completely enrobed in chocolate. The classic alfajores feature a dulce de leche filling with the edges rolled in coconut.