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Biscoitos de Maizena (Cornstarch Cookies)


Makes about 2 Dozen Cookies



2 cups Cornstarch
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 whole Egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup unsalted Butter (no substitutions)
2 oz. Coconut, freshly grated (optional)


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 cookies.

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.






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