I have just finished baking 2 dozens cinnamon butter cookies, better known as raivas in Portugal. A specialty of the Beira Litoral region of Portugal, these crunchy cookies are easy and fun to make with these five basic ingredients:
|All purpose flour||2 cups|
|Unsalted butter, softened||¼ cup or ½ stick|
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix flour and cinnamon together and set aside.
- Cream softened butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Then add eggs, one at a time. Blend it in well after each addition.
- Fold in the flour mixture using a spatula. Then knead the dough on a slightly floured surface by folding it over on itself until it is smooth.
- Divide dough into 24 pieces of approximately equal weight. Work with one piece of dough and keep the others under a piece of plastic to prevent moisture loss.
Roll each piece into a rope about 20-inches long and form a circle. After placing the circle on a prepared cookie sheet, push its sides in toward the center in an irregular pattern.
Bake until they are slightly puffed with a deep golden color and firm to touch. It should take about 12 – 15 minutes depending on your oven. If the heat of your oven is strong at the bottom, you may want to stack 2 cookie sheets together.
- Transfer the entire parchment paper with cinnamon butter cookies on it to wire racks to cool. Store these crunchy raivas in an airtight container.