Tuesday, May 14, 2013


There are a ton of recipes for Biscoitos out there, and some vary just a bit, but that little bit can change the taste quite a bit.  This is my mom's recipe.  She's tried several different ones over the years, but this is still the best one.  These are great to make on a rainy day, since rolling the biscoitos can take a while. It's also pretty fun to get the kids involved.

7 cups of flour
7 large eggs
2 sticks of butter, at room temp.
5 tablespoons of crisco
2 tablespoons of baking powder
2 cups of sugar
2 tablespoons of vanilla
2 eggs beaten for the egg wash at the end 

Add your butter to your mixer

Crack eggs separately, so you don't get shells in your mixer

Add your eggs to the butter

add your sugar and beat all together.

add in your crisco in tablespoon increments 

Once mixed, add in your baking powder

Slowly add in your floor.  You will now need to change to your dough mixer attachement

keep mixing!

Once it looks like a cookie dough, you're ready to roll

Floor your surface

and start rolling your dough.

Try to make them all the same thickness, so that they cook evenly

brush them with your egg wash, I added a little vanilla to my egg wash for an extra boost of flavor

350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Just keep checking them.  Everyone's oven is different.  These are perfect with coffe or tea.  And yes that is Cha Gorreana from Sao Miguel!


  1. I have almost the same recipe however mine does not call for crisco...any ideas as to what the crisco adds overall?
    Love your site! Just started my own adventure into azorean cooking. My avo has passed and I am teaching my mom as we go along ;-) do you know of a dish that we used to call"poppas" ...not sure at all of the spelling here. I remember quite enjoying it...almost like an oatmeal of sorts but not....so long ago, I don't have more details to give. Also my avo used to do an octopus dish...no idea on the portuguese name...any ideas? Thanks!

    1. Hi Monica!! :)
      For Poppas we eat Nestum. Have you tried any of these?

    2. Yes the Octopus dish is called Polvo. We are going to post that recipe soon! :) so glad you are enjoying our blog and asking us questions. Hope this helps! :)

    3. Actually I do have a recipe for Poppas! Made from scratch...I'll get it blogged for you

  2. Patty do you have a recipe for Wine Biscoitos? Also have you thought of starting a Youtube channel? People really love these recipes!!!