Last Christmas I got a classic Portuguese cookbook called “Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa” by Maria de Lourdes Modesto. It has amazing detailed recipes from all over the country and it even has some pictures (as opposed to Pantagruel). This is the third recipe that I’ve tried from this book and it turned out even better than I was expecting. These cookies are called Raivas and are from a Portuguese city called Aveiro. They usually take an abstract form, but you can shape them in any form you feel like, hearts included.
Ingredients (24 cookies)
- 3 eggs
- 100g sugar (or 1/2 cup)
- 250g flour (or 2 cups and 1 tablespoon)
- 75g butter (or 2/3 stick)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions (Time: 50 minutes)
Start by mixing the sugar with the butter. Add the eggs one by one.
Once you’ve added all the eggs, mix in the flour and cinnamon previously sifted.
Shape the cookies and don’t be afraid to use flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to your hands. If you want to make heart shaped cookies, start by making a long string with the dough and curl each end of the string.
And there you go. Try to make the cookies all the same size otherwise the thinner ones will get brown too quickly. Bake in a preheated oven to 200ºC (390ºF) (if you can’t turn off your oven fan, reduce the temperature to 180ºC (350ºF)) until golden.
Goes great with coffee!