Food writer and recipe developer Francoise Villeneuve has been researching Peruvian food for an upcoming story and threw us her own formula for alfajores, caramel sandwich cookies that pair perfectly with Peruvian coffee. 

My favorite Peruvian cookies are alfajores, vanilla cookies sandwiched with manjar blanco (Peruvian Dulce de Leche).  Sometimes shredded coconut is pressed into the caramel, and they generally are always dusted with powdered sugar. Eaten with a bitter cup of coffee, they are still seriously sweet, but balanced. OK, now I want one.