Portuguese Biscuits – Biscoitos

portuguese biscuits

Transport yourself back to the Azores. Generations of families can recall how their grandparents or parents would dunk these traditional Portuguese biscuits into their hot drinks. It is certainly a staple in every Portuguese home. This sugary biscuit is a recipe from the island of St Michael in the Azores. So simple, and nice to have on hand to go with coffee or tea. Simple and easy to make, and are perfect for any occasion.

1 stick butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 XL eggs
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Grated zest of ½ lemon
½ teaspoon lemon extract

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 lemon extract, 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. Scoop up golf ball sized pieces of dough.
7. Roll between your hands to form a 5-inch long piece of dough, even throughout the length.
8. Brings ends of the dough together, slightly folding one end over the other, to form a donut-shape with a small hole in the middle.
9. Place biscuits 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
10. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let rest on baking sheet 2 minutes before transferring to rack to cool.