“You know you’ve got the work of an alfajor master in your hands when the buttery cookies, sandwiching just a smear of dulce de leche, crumble at the slightest touch. The alfajores made by Chilean native Guisell Osorio do just that. Osorio, who owns the Walnut Creek catering business Sabores Del Sur, grew up having the rich South American cookies baked for her by her grandmother as a reward for “being good.” For the four years Osorio has been selling her childhood treat, she’s stubbornly refused to alter her grandmother’s recipe to make the delicate alfajores more shippable—which is great for us, but not necessarily the best business practice. It’s clear her reverence for the little cookies hasn’t wavered. At the end of a 14-hour day, she still rewards herself for being good, only now it’s with an alfajor — and a glass of Merlot. “It’s truly my heaven.
“From the moment you taste one of Guisell Osorio’s alfajores — delicate round butter cookies filled with creamy dulce de leche caramel and dusted with white powdered sugar — you know there’s something special about her cooking.”
Chef Guisell Osorio teaches Rosy Chu of Bay Area People how to make her unique vegan tamales, being served at the Taste of the Tamales by the Bay.
Al Despertar visits Chef Guisell Osorio at La Cocina to learn more about her business and her traditional Chilean recipes.
View by the Bay talks to Chef Guisell Osorio about her business while learning to make one of her favorite salmon dishes.