How to Make Simple Brazilian Easter Cookies
For Easter and Beyond
In theory, these simple cookies can be made for all sorts of holidays and events; just use different shaped cookie cutters and you can satisfy your sweet tooth in style year-round!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/5 cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix and knead well using your hands until a dough forms. No need to keep kneading after a well-blended dough has formed. Over kneading may cause the dough to become sticky and we want to avoid this. This step can be done in advance; perhaps even the night before you plan to bake these.
- Leave in the fridge for at least two hours. This makes the dough firm enough to roll out and cut into shapes without difficulties.
- Clean the surface on which you intend to roll out the dough. Sprinkle some flour on top.
- Take some dough from the fridge, around a fourth or so, and place it on the floured surface. Flatten the dough a bit using your hands. Now, take the rolling pin and roll out the dough.
- It really depends on how thick you want your cookies. For thinner cookies, roll out the dough until it is approximately 4-5mm thick. For thicker cookies (and if you want it to be easier to cut out the shapes), roll out the dough until it is around 6-7mm thick.
- Preheat your oven to 350F (180C)
- Now comes the fun part! Take out your cookie cutters and cut out the shapes. Form leftover dough into a ball, roll out again and repeat the procedure. Repeat this step until you've used up all the dough. You can also leave some dough for later.
- Place on a baking sheet, leaving a bit of space in between the cookies. If you want to draw some designs on your cookies (eyes for the rabbits, decorations for the eggs, etc. ), now is the time. A toothpick works best for this, just make sure not to press too hard, or you'll end up with holes in your cookies.
- Bake for around 20 minutes or until the cookies begin to get slightly golden. Remove from the baking sheet as soon as you take them out of the oven. Place on a cooling rack or on a large plate.
- These are perfect to enjoy by yourself or as gifts for teachers/ colleagues. They were also quite popular at an Easter bake sale I took them to last year.
What occasion did you make these for?
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