Today's recipe is
a Brazilian favorite and you will find many variations of this
most basic recipe served in homes all over Brazil during the
holidays. They're called Maizena cookies because that's the
brand name for cornstarch in Brazil, and cornstarch is the
primary ingredient in these tasty little melt-in-your-mouth
Christmas in Brazil is a most festive occasion that ushers
in the beginning of summer. The tropical temperatures make
Christmas in Brazil a unique holiday, where the lights and
glitter of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia sparkle
long into the night.
Preheat oven to 375-F degrees. Lightly grease a baking
or cookie sheet.
Sift cornstarch, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing
bowl. Add the lightly beaten egg and blend in the butter,
incorporating the coconut as well, if desired. Knead well.
Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.