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In our 5-Star Buys series, we spotlight popular Etsy items that recently struck a chord with shoppers—and let their rave reviews do the talking.

Never underestimate the power of a really good cookie—especially a homemade batch, baked with love and dropped right on your doorstep. Inspired by the traditional desserts of their childhood, El Salvadoran sisters Nicole and Alejandra Leiva founded Baltimore-based dessert shop Dulceology in 2012, and made delivering bite-sized delights a family affair. Their signature treat? Buttery alfajores: shortbread-like cookies packed with luscious dulce de leche filling and custom-finished with a dusting of powdered sugar, a shaving of coconut, or a generous chocolate dunk to suit the specifics of any sweet tooth (even gluten-free!). And for some shoppers, the melt-in-your-mouth alfajores even offer the same familiar taste of home that they do for their makers. Check out this review from one fully satisfied customer:

Coconut dulce de leche alfajores cookies from Dulceology, on Etsy
SHOP: Coconut gluten-free alfajores from Dulceology, $27

“I’m from Peru, and I always miss my country’s desserts, but these alfajores make me feel like I was there again during this quarantine. They were delicious! The right amount of sweet, the right texture…the right amount of everything. Thank you!” — CN

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Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.

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