The Best Portuguese Tea Biscuits Ever.

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

These Biscuits are delicious for dipping in Tea or Coffee. I always loved these growing up. Here's the recipe for you. Try them and send pics or let me know how they turn out.


1 cup of butter, softened

1 1/2 cups of sugar

5 eggs

5 cups of all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons of baking powder

Grated zest of 1 lemon or orange

4 tablespoons of lemon juice or orange juice

*** If you don't want to use lemon of orange you can replace it with 1/2 a cup of ground almonds and a teaspoon of almond extract. They are delicious.


1- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2- Cream together butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.

3- Add the eggs, lemon zest or orange zest and juice and mix until well blended.

4- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

5- Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, stirring until combined.

6- If dough seems dry or flaky, knead slightly.

7- Scoop up ping-pong ball sized dollops of dough.

8- Roll between your hands to form a 5-inch long "snake", even throughout the length.

9- Bring ends of the "snake" together, slightly folding one end over the other, to form a doughnut-shape with a small hole in the middle.. Or you can do like me. Just roll the dough into "lady fingers kind of cookie."

10- Place cookies 1-2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

11- Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

12- Let rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to rack to cool. Enjoy.

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