Easy Portuguese biscuits

    20 min

    This crisp sugary biscuit is a family recipe from the island of St Michael in the Azores. So simple, and nice to have on hand to go with coffee or tea.

    53 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 200g (7 oz) caster sugar
    • 50g (2 oz) butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 300g (11 oz) plain flour
    • 1 dessertspoon baking powder

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas mark 3.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cornflour and sugar. Add the butter and cream well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the sugar mixture until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to .5cm (1/4 in) thickness and cut into desired shapes with biscuit cutters. Place biscuits 2.5cm (1 in) apart onto a dry baking tray.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, until biscuits are golden brown at the edges. Allow biscuits to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    I really liked this biscuit. It tastes just like those my mum makes. It's not too sweet, but very dense, which makes it great with a cup of coffee. My kids liked using the cutters with these biscuits, although it did take longer with them helping!  -  15 Sep 2008


    A great biscuit recipe, simple and good flavour. Everyone that tries one has good comments on it. Thanks for the recipe.  -  15 Sep 2008


    These are great for people who like a denser more cake-like biscuit. Very simple. They are not very sweet so would be better with something, such as coffee, like D-ANNA suggests.  -  15 Sep 2008