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Biscoitos – Portuguese Tea Biscuits

  • Author: Let's Mingle


I could always count on a tin full of these biscuits to be sitting on my grandma’s counter. Crunchy and slightly chewy, they pair perfectly with a cup of Portuguese milk tea!



3 Cups Flour

1 Cup Sugar

3 Eggs, Room Temperature

6 Tbsp. Margarine or Butter

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Peel


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Soften the butter and mix with the sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and lemon peel and beat for about 1 minute.

Add the flour and baking powder to the sugar and mix with a dough hook for about 3 minutes until the batter forms into a ball. (You may need to a little flour if you find the dough too soft depending on your butter or the size of your eggs).

Place the smooth dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a flat disc with 1/2 inch in height.

Cut the dough evenly into 1/2″ by 5″ strips.

Roll each strip into a round snake like form, a figure 8 shape, or a circle. (These are the traditional shapes, but you can form the dough into letters, shapes etc.).

Slightly grease a cookie sheet and place the biscuits evenly on the pan.

Cook for about 15-18  minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Let them cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Once cool, store in a tin or a container.

  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Keywords: biscuits, portuguese, tea, dessert, cookies