Avô's Biscoitos (Portuguese Biscotti/Cookies)

"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."
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Ready In:
45-55 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.
  • Do not undercream or overcream. (Undercreamed butter/sugar looks yellow and dense. Overcreamed butter/sugar looks white and greasy.).
  • Add eggs, mixing until blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, stirring until combined.
  • If dough seems dry or flakey, knead slightly.
  • Scoop up ping-pong ball sized dollops of dough.
  • Roll between your hands to form a 5-inch long "snake", even throughout the length.
  • (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).
  • 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.
  • Place cookies 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let rest on baking sheet 2 minutes before transferring to rack to cool.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. My family loves them!!! At all the holidays that is the only cookie, they ask for. I love making them but you do need a lot of energy to make them, only because I roll them like snakes. I would only suggest to cook them a little more. My timing varies between 18-24 minutes and it makes all the difference they are soft yet have a little surprise.
  2. I haven't tried them yet, however I would like to add coconut to the recipe. I just bought a bag of biscoitos-coconut at the farmers marker and they are wonderful. Any ideas please? Thanks, katherine
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  3. 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.
  4. 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)!
  5. 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!


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