For this week’s quaran-treat, we stopped at the House of the Peruvian Cookie at the Saturday Newhall Farmers Market to pick up a dozen alfajores de maizena. These melt-in-your-mouth biscuit cookies, with dulce de leche filling, are made by hand in SCV resident Angie Schenone’s home kitchen.
For those not familiar with the cookie, the biscuits look a little like macarons, but the alfajores are delicate, light, airy and crumbly made from cornstarch rather than almond flour and sugar. Biting into one of these delicacies is probably comprable to biting a fluffy cloud.
The House of the Peruvian Cookie offers a traditional flower-shaped cookie, dusted with powdered suger (which are the ones we bought); a heart-shaped version; a coconut cookie in which the dulce de leche is coated in coconut; and multicolored alfajores.
Because these Peruvian treats aren’t mass produced, and it’s a local operation, the alfajor is $1.25 for a single, and $12 for a dozen of the traditional. Prices vary on the other cookie options.
The cookies are available at the Newhall Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. They can also be ordered online for deliveries in the Santa Clarita area on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.