Portuguese Cinnamon Lemon Cookie • Biscoitos Fogaças


Oh oh this is a nice one, today is Portugal Day! Hurray, so nothing like a very traditional cookie from Portugal, to more exact from the region of Alcochete, these are very crumbly cinnamon and lemony, brown sugar cookies, like most Portuguese cookies these are incredibly simple to make, have a great texture and always have a slight rustic feel to them.

It’s interesting that in Portuguese pastry we have so much diversity and ample array of recipes, but Portuguese cookies tend to be simple and rustic, in the sense that with some exception all are hand made simple to bake with one or maybe two flavorings, while a lot of Portuguese sweets are from bakeries and of course monasteries, I think the cookies in Portugal are the realm of home cooks, so we have a ton of recipes, but they are all focused on simplicity and taste and never on looks or artistry, let’s check the recipe!

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Delicious portuguese cookie recipe, fogaça is almost the same as a folar in meaning i mean, it can mean a lot of diferent types of cookies, cakes or breads that are commonly baked for Easter or other religious festivities, that are sold or given away.


  • Flour – 250gr (Common With Yeast)
  • Cinnamon – 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon – 1 (Just Zest)
  • Butter – 70gr (Softened)
  • Water – 5 Soup Spoons (Warm)
  • Brown Sugar – 175gr
  • Egg Yolk – 1 (To Brush)


  1. Combine the softened butter, warm water, and sugar in a bowl of a mixer and beat well until creamy.
  2. Add the sifted flour, followed by the cinnamon and lemon zest, beat again until you have a very smooth dough that doesn’t stick to your fingers (you can see when the dough starts to peel off the wall of the mixer bowl).
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and prepare a baking tray lined with non-stick paper.
  4. Shape the dough into small balls (about 40g each) and place them on the baking tray.
  5. Beat the egg yolk and brush it on top of each dough ball.
  6. Take them to the oven to bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until they are golden brown, then enjoy! ;D
Notes: These are slightly crunchy after baking, but after cooling down, these are supposed to be soft and chewy and not so much crumbly, so they will keep better outside, still it’s always best to keep them in a sealed container.

This recipe for Portuguese Cinnamon Lemon Cookie • Biscoitos Fogaças was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Fogaças de Alcochete foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 149 calories; 4.5 g fat; 26.7 g carbohydrates; 2.1 g protein.

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