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CPCC has students from all over the world and Colombia is the country of origin for approximately 260 students.  As the holidays approach, let’s try Alfajores, a tasty dessert. Alfajores are popular in Colombia as well as other parts of South America.




  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound butter, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl mix the butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  3. Add the flour, corn starch and vanilla extract then mix with your hands into well combined.
  4. Knead together to form a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead for about 2 minutes. Roll out to about ¼ inch-thick and cut out the cookies with a round cookie cutter.
  6. Place them on a floured cookie sheet and bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. In a small plate, place the flaked coconut and set aside.
  7. Spread dulce de leche on each cookie then put together two cookies, making a sandwich with the dulce de leche in the middle of the two cookies. When you put the cookies together you’ll want some dulce de leche  to come out of the sides. Take the plate with coconut and cover the edges of each alfajor cookie with it, rolling the cookie edge in the flaked coconut.
  8. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and enjoy.

A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: Colombia

Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world?  In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our international students.Colombia



The current flag of Colombia was officially adopted on December 17, 1819. The flag features three horizontal Bands of yellow (double-width), blue and red. The yellow represents all the gold found in the Colombian land. The blue represents the seas on Colombia’s shores because it is the only country in South America to border 2 oceans.  The red represents the blood shed by the people who fought for the independence of Colombia.

Capital: Bogota    Population: 45,200,000

Did you know?

  • Being in the middle of the planet, on the Equator, Colombia has a constant 12 hours of day and night.
  • In 1957 women were given the right to vote.
  • 95% of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia.
  • 12% of the world’s coffee is produced in Colombia and coffee production contributes to more than 20 % of Colombia’s government revenue.
  • Football and cycling are the most popular sports in Colombia.
  • 92% of the people of Colombia are Roman Catholics.
  • Colombia is the world’s third-leading producer of lingerie.
  • Most Colombians have both a maternal and paternal surname and will use both.
  • The official language of Colombia is Spanish, of which Colombian Spanish is the local variety. The indigenous languages spoken in Colombia are also official in the territories in which they are spoken. There are approximately 80 different indigenous nations in Colombia.
  • Colombia has the world’s greatest diversity of orchid species (3,500) and birds (1,750).
  • The name Colombia has been derived from the name of Christopher Columbus. The name underwent few changes until the Republic of Colombia was adopted in 1886.
  • The cuisine is as diverse as its culture. The various food items seen here have been developed mainly due to the influences from Spain, Italy and France along with American cuisine, Caribbean influences and the traditional style of the Native Americans.