Sunday, January 10, 2010

Biscoitos de Maizena

Biscoitos de Maizena is also known as Brazilian cornstarch cookies. Just a brief summary: they are a great favourite of Brazilians. And they are named " Maizena" because that is the brand name of cornstarch in Brazil. I have yet to try them before. Am kinda excited to find out why they are so popular in Brazil. I wonder if this will become a favourite among the Singaporeans one day.

They are crumbly and melt in your mouth. They've this milky taste. My colleagues thought I use milk powder to make them. 'Butter is what I used, not milk powder', I told them. Not sure if toddlers love them.  ;)

Recipe adapted from Maria's Cookbook


2 cups cornstarch, sifted ( I use 3 cups)
1 cup sugar, sifted
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt, sifted
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter ( I use Lurpak unsalted butter)


Pre-heat oven to 375degree F (191 degree celsius). Sift the cornstarch, sugar and salt together, mix the egg and blend in butter and knead well. Let stand to ten to fifteen minutes. Note: As the dough was kinda soft, so I placed the dough inside the fridge to chill for another 1 hour before shaping them.

Use a cookie press to drop them onto a greased cookie sheet if you want to make cookies in different shapes. Or you can shape the dough into balls using the palm of your hands and drop them onto the greased cookie sheet.

Use the tines on a fork to make the grooves on the cookies.Bake for about 7-10 minutes, depending on how big you make them. Let cool completely and serve with a wonderful cup of coffee ( since I don't have any brazilian coffee, I will make do with any coffee).