Avô's Biscoitos (Portuguese Biscotti/Cookies)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the Portuguese version of a dunking cookie. They are delicious, buttery cookies. Originally from Sao Miguel in the Azores, my Avô (Grandpa) on my father's side was a baker for many years in Montreal. This was his recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.
  4. Do not undercream or overcream. (Undercreamed butter/sugar looks yellow and dense. Overcreamed butter/sugar looks white and greasy.).
  5. Add eggs, mixing until blended.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  7. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, stirring until combined.
  8. If dough seems dry or flakey, knead slightly.
  9. Scoop up ping-pong ball sized dollops of dough.
  10. Roll between your hands to form a 5-inch long "snake", even throughout the length.
  11. (if dough is too sticky to handle at this point, you will need to add a small amount of flour to the dough to make it workable).
  12. 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.
  13. Place cookies 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  14. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  15. Let rest on baking sheet 2 minutes before transferring to rack to cool.
  16. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Not bad, perfect when dipping in hot beverages like coffee. I halved the ingredients, 2 extra large eggs, can't imagine wanting more than that..it yielded about 2 dozen biscuits. The flavor is a tad dull, I would've added vanilla or peppermint to spice it up.

icedancersteph July 31, 2016

These are very good - buttery and crisp. For my own personal taste, I would use less sugar and less butter next time. That's how my Mom and Aunt make them (more dense and biscuit like than cookie like)!

mrsrego2003 June 03, 2016

I used this recipe to make these for school and the cookies turned out great! Can't wait to try them and possibly may be making these again!

bluecat75 May 06, 2013

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