By Edu Costa − On Monday, October 12, 2015, 8 years ago in Cookie Recipes
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Paula's Portuguese Biscuits Recipe

Paula's Portuguese Biscuits Recipe

Learn how to make these amazing and popular Portuguese biscuits (Biscoitos).

Preparation time 15 min
Cooking Time 15 min
Ready In 30 min
Level of DifficultyEasy

Portuguese biscuits are a type of cookie or biscuit that are popular in Portugal and other parts of the world. They are known for their unique texture and rich flavor, which comes from a combination of ingredients such as sugar, butter, eggs, and flour.

One of the most popular types of Portuguese biscuits is called "Bolinhas de Amêndoa" or almond balls. These biscuits are made with ground almonds, sugar, egg whites, and lemon zest, which are rolled into small balls and baked until golden brown. They are often served during special occasions, such as weddings or religious celebrations.

Another popular type of Portuguese biscuit is called "Broas de Mel" or honey cookies. These biscuits are made with flour, sugar, honey, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. They have a soft and chewy texture and are often served with a cup of tea or coffee.

Other types of Portuguese biscuits include "Bolachas de Manteiga" or butter cookies, "Queijadas" or cheese tarts, and "Pasteis de Nata" or custard tarts.

Overall, Portuguese biscuits are a delicious and traditional treat that are enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.


1/2 lb butter, softened1 1/2 cups sugar5 eggs5 cups all-purpose flour4 teaspoons baking powderGrated zest of 1 lemon4 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/2 lb butter, softened1 1/2 cups sugar5 eggs5 cups all-purpose flour4 teaspoons baking powderGrated zest of 1 lemon4 tablespoons of lemon juice
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.
  3. Add the eggs, lemon zest and juice and mix until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  5. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, stirring until combined.
  6. If dough seems dry or flakey, knead slightly.
  7. Scoop up ping-pong ball sized dollops of dough.
  8. Roll between your hands to form a 5-inch long "snake", even throughout the length.
  9. Brings ends of the "snake" together, slightly folding one end over the other, to form a donut-shape with a small hole in the middle.
  10. Place cookies 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. Let rest on baking sheet 2 minutes before transferring to rack to cool.
Recipe Credit: Paula Costa
Photo Credit: Susana Amaral Pimentel,
I am from the Acores My mom made these at all festivals Thanks for sharing
1 month ago, Sunday, October 29, 2023
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Betty Sousa-Orellana
Betty Sousa-Orellana
Thank you Paula for sharing your recipe! It was super easy to follow and make... I got about 6dz cookies and I can't wait to share with my family.... my mom passed away when I was young and so I am always trying to create Portugal memories for my kids and my nephews and now my grandson. They are delicious!
4 months ago, Tuesday, July 25, 2023
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Is this recipe using lemon juice or lemon extract? If lemon juice won’t it be bitter? Thank you in advance.
3 months ago, Saturday, August 5, 2023
Edu Costa
Lemon juice.
3 months ago, Saturday, August 5, 2023
Robin Braga
Robin Braga
My grandmother would make these every Christmas ( yes, definitely with sugar and a slight anise flavor,tied into a knot shape)they were very crunchy so that they would hold up well for dunking!Very simple and good!
1 year ago, Sunday, February 6, 2022
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Jena Cunha
Jena Cunha
Hey Eddy, Searching for Portuguese Sweet bread recipes and found all your Portuguese recipes along with what I was looking for. My husband is from Azores immigrated to Canada at age of 10. With family members passing on, I am really missing all the good things that would always be made during the holidays. Are you familiar with the type of biscotto which is not sweet. It has another name I believe it is or sounds like Rohillas or something like that. Looks like the sweet biscotto but is has no sugar. I had the recipe given to me and I recall the recipe using lard instead of butter. My husband family is originally from Graciosa perhaps it is something that was made in this island as I see biscoittos all the time at Portuguese bakeries but not the ones I am talking about. Thanks for reading my email, if you know what I'm referring to please let me know. Happy New Year and all the best in 2022!!
1 year ago, Sunday, January 2, 2022
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