I remember always getting this cookies at Christmas and Easter from my mother's side of the family. They were crunchy, buttery cookies that were not too sweet. They were like a softer version of biscotti but still perfect for coffee or tea.
I never knew what to call these when I was growing up and I still don't. Sometimes I call them Portuguese shortbread and sometimes I just call them cookies, but they bring back great memories of childhood and the sweetness of family.
Portugese Shortbread Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 3/4 t vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg for wash
- 1 3/4 T milk
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla, milk and melted butter.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add to the liquid mixture and stir until combined.
- Make into desired shapes and brush with egg. Let stand 20 minutes before baking. Make sure to leave plenty of room between the cookies
- Bake for 20 minutes and leave in oven for 1 hour after baking to let them get crispy.
Note: I do not normally add a glaze to these cookies, but I was making it for people who like sweeter foods. It is just almond extract and powdered sugar.