Original article published at TasteAtlas.

Alfajor is a type of treat with dulce de leche or milk jam stuffing sandwiched between two sweet cookies. The combination is then coated with a layer of chocolate or sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. The name alfajor stems from the Arabic word al-hasú, which means stuffed or filled. Although the cookies can be found throughout Latin America, they are originally from Andalusia, Spain, invented during the time when the country was occupied by the Moors. When the Spaniards came to America, they brought their foods and traditions along the way, and with time, almost every country in Latin America has adapted the Spanish alfajor to make it their own, so there are a lot of varieties of the basic, original cookie – including fillings such as chocolate mousse, fruit, and cream. In Spain, the cookies are most commonly sold and consumed during the Christmas season, but it should be noted that the traditional Spanish alfajor is quite different from the South American version, consisting of flour, honey, cinnamon, and almonds.