Biscoitos de Maizena

Brazilian Cornstarch CookiesNow, I have to begin by saying that I'm not a big cookie person. I make an exception for these Brazilian corn starch cookies because they're REALLY fabulous...these guys are so light they melt in your mouth. They are a great favorite of Brazilians; everyone in my family seemed to have a favorite recipe. They're called Maizena cookies because that's the brand name for cornstarch in Brazil. These are made with cornstarch only. There are other recipes that use flour also.

2 cups cornstarch

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (that equals 12 Tbps)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Sift cornstarch, sugar and salt together, mix the egg and blend in the butter. Knead well. Let stand ten to fifteen minutes. I use a cookie press to drop them on a greased cookie sheet. It makes cookies in different shapes. But usually you shape them into balls in the palm of your hand and drop them on the greased cookie sheet. Then use the tines on a fork to make grooves on the cookies. They look really pretty that way. Some people like to shape the cookies into really tiny balls, others prefer them bigger. Bake for about seven minutes, depending on how big you make them. Let cool and serve with a wonderful cup of Brazilian coffee in the afternoon. 

For cornstarch and coconut cookies see Sequilhos de coco.

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