Today I tried a wonderful cookie. Well, to be honest, cookie is not a fair word for this confection. It's so much more than a cookie. I bought the Maitelates Alfajores at Everyday Wines over in Kerrytown. Now I have to admit I was by myself browsing a wonderful little wine shop which I would have been fairly nervous about bringing my four kids into. So I'm sure that bumped the impression of these treats up a little - but just a little. Before eating a non-chocolate dipped one that Zingerman's has been making, I'd never tasted an alfajore. It is a very tasty a spread of dulche de leche sandwiched in between two tender and crumbly shortbread cookies. Maite's version is so good not only because of the decadent chocolate coating, but the confection as a whole is such a treat. The caramel and the cookie and the chocolate compliment each other so well.
About a month ago I had read this article about Maite's business and cookies in the Ann Arbor Chronicle, and I thought to myself that I would have to make sure to pick one up next time I was at the farmer's market. So imagine my delightful surprise when I saw them for sale at EW. Lovely. When it was done, I wished that I had eaten it a little bit slower.