So yesterday I told you about making alfajores, and today, a coda: while alfajores are (by definition) made with dulce de leche, I couldn't help making some of my little shortbread sandwiches with an alternate filling.
After my homemade dulce de leche disaster, I went out in search of the pre-made product. At my local Morton Williams, I didn't find dulce, but I did find guava jelly, so I thought: why not? Lots of Latin American desserts use guava. And I always like to give people options.
In addition to the general praise at the party I took the alfajores to, there was one other thing that really tickled me: one partygoer discovered that the guava and the dulce versions tasted great together, so he would twist a guava sandwich open like an Oreo, then attach the top and bottom to a dulce sandwich, almost like a club-sandwich version of the cookie. I'll try that myself next time!
The shortbread cookies were very, very delicate, so I made sure to package them carefully. I love the rectangular Tupperware I bought for ice cream containers, and they worked for cookies as well:
With napkins underneath, on both sides, at each end, and between. You can never be too careful with these things.