Need a Special Cookie Recipe? I’m Sharing, Anyone Else want to Share One?

From a recent post I wrote I mentioned that I made some Portuguese Bisquits. Some of my friends, after reading it, have asked for this recipe. I am happy to share. These Bisquits are easy to make and really delicious with coffee, tea or just alone. I share this with love to you and yours. This is a gift to you and yours this Christmas season!

I grew up with a warm, loving and affectionate Portuguese family. We loved, shared and welcomed others into our homes. There was always plenty of food, drink and laughter when friends and family came to visit.

Times seemed to have changed with each generation however. We don’t do the same thing any more. Family, friends don’t just drop in. We have become a more technologically savor generation with our heads inside our iPhones and tablets. It is sad at times, but technology is good but does seem to distance us from each other. I hope this recipe will make you feel the connectiveness of the Portuguese spirit of love and food and sharing.

May God bless your and your this Christmas and bring you closer to those you love.

Portuguese Bisquits in rounds frosted with sprinkles
Portuguese Bisquits in shapes and frosted with sugar sprinkles
Portuguese Bisquits plain and some with sugar sprinkles



Half Batch

1 stick butter

1 Cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 Cups flour

2 Tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


2 sticks butter

2 Cups sugar

1 Tbs vanilla

4 eggs

6 Cups flour

4 Tbs baking powde

1 tsp salt


  1. Melt butter in microwave – 60 seconds.
  2. Mix melted butter with sugar and vanilla In bowl with beater.
  3. Add eggs and blend well.
  4. Add dry ingredients a little at a time to butter & sugar mixture until blended.
  5. Either roll dough out on a sheet and use cookie cutters or take a dollop of dough and roll it between your hands to make a ball or a log or snakes and place them onto cookies sheets.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom, the tops will not brown.
  7. Sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or frost after cookies are cooled and sprinkle with colored sugar.


1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Tbs milk

5-6 Tbs confectioner’s sugar

Mix all together until you have a consistency that is thin and light to frost cookies.

The amount of cookies you make with 1/2 or full batch depends on whether you are using cookies cutters or just round shapes and logs. I make about 4-5 dozen rounds and logs or 2-3 dozen cookies cutter shapes from a full batch.

My favorite type of this cookie is plain. I don’t like the extra sugar but the kids all love them with the frosting and sugar sprinkles.

This recipe was given to me by a Portuguese woman who was a friend of my grandmother’s and had been making these cookies since she came from Portugal. On one visit to my house this elegant and sweet lady brought these delectable cookies. I ate several and couldn’t help myself when I asked her that day if she would share the recipe with me. She was a lovely and kind lady and was delighted that I asked. I treasure this recipe always as it keeps me close to my Portuguese heritage. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your family each holiday. Happy Baking and Eating!

If you would like to share one of your recipes from your heritage please let me know and I will post them in another blog. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your recipes.

Thank you for coming today to read this post. I am grateful for your support and any reviews you do of my books. May God bless you with everything you need in life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!




Blessing & Hugs to all this Christmas and into the New Years!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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23 Responses to Need a Special Cookie Recipe? I’m Sharing, Anyone Else want to Share One?

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Janice. I’ll email you with the recipe for my favourite Christmas biscuits/cookies.

  2. macjam47 says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Janice. They look delicious. I will email a recipe to you soon.
    Your decorations are beautiful!

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