Fresh: Lucila’s Homemade

When Lucila Giagrande left Argentina for America at 24, she never imagined that her passion for the delectable pastries of her family would turn into a thriving business. cookies

But “making traditional Argentinean food and sharing it with my family and friends is what I love to do.” And no one else was making alfajores (which Lucila calls Alfies!), with creamy dulce de leche sandwiched between two crumbly cookies, often accompanied by soft guava paste, and rolled in coconut or dipped in white or dark chocolate. But once you have one Alfie, you know you must have another.

These special cookies, made by hand and sold separately or in boxed sets, are as pretty as they are delicious. Made in Chicago, they are available at all Foodstuffs locations (Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, and Lake Forest) or by order online at www.lucilashomemade.com. Look for Lucila at the Logan Square and Andersonville Farmer’s Markets, too.