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Portuguese Cookies in a white pan and stacked on a white tray.
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5 from 3 votes

Portuguese Biscoitos Recipe (Traditional Biscuit Cookies)

This recipe is for the Azorean Biscoitos ring-shaped biscuits that are the perfect balance of crunchy and sweet with a hint of lemon.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: Biscoitos, Biscuits, Portuguese Biscoitos, Portuguese Biscuits
Servings: 32 biscuits
Calories: 87cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $3


  • Standmixer with paddle attachment
  • oven
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • parchment paper


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large fresh eggs
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest or extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly flour a clean cutting board or work surface.
  • In the bowl of a standmixer, add the butter, and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy.
  • Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. Add the eggs, extracts, and milk and mix until combined.
  • Turn down the mixer speed and slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The dough should form a ball on the paddle. If it is too dry add 1 tablespoon of additional milk. If it is overly stick add one tablespoon of flour until it is workable.
  • Remove the dough from the stand mixer and knead on the floured workspace. The dough should be the consistency of play dough.
  • I used a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to scoop out tablespoon-sized balls.
  • On the floured work space, roll on dough with the palms of your hand to create a 5 inch "snake". Bring together the ends to form a ring. Place cookies 1 inch apart of the baking sheet.
  • These cookies bake for 18-20 minutes to get toasty deep golden-brown bottoms and tan golden-brown top surfaces. *See images
  • Cool cookies for ten minutes before removing and baking the next batch. Repeat the process until all cookies are done.
  • Cooled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks time.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 87cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg