Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal

Areias de Cascais, Recipe

Areias de Cascais is a cookie based on sugar, flour, butter or lard and cinnamon . There are recipes with lemon zest, which should cut the sweet of the sugar.

Cascais is a typical Portuguese village along the coastline which originally was a fisherman village. The Port and the beaches still has have amazing relation with locals and tourists. Sailing and catamaran boats supplies a different landscape view to the Atlantic view. Known by excellent restaurants which nowadays serve almost everything, due to the impact of tourism.

The Areias de Cascais are popular cookies and it is common to find them in small bags at the supermarkets or coffee shops for a possible snack with a coffee or tea. Over the years and recipe may switch a little bit, however remains with almost the original base of ingredients. You might find recipes with lard (origin) and other recipes with butter (more common in the present, since you can easily buy it anywhere).

The recipe presented is less sugar, since will be more healthy and diabetes become an issue in several countries.

Areias de Cascais, Portugal

Areias de Cascais Recipe


In this Areias de Cascais recipe you will produce several cookies. 

  • 250 g of Butter ( or lard )
  • 140 g of sugar
  • Sugar needed for sprinkling
  • 400 g of flour
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Possible to add lemon zest.

Tip: Serve with tea, coffee, milk or juice of your preference (or guests preference).

Areias de Cascais Preparation

Switch on the oven and set it to 225 °C / 437º F.

Beat the butter and sugar until everything is well mixed. After, add the flour and knead quickly. When everything is ready, shape them into small balls and place them on a floured board.

Now with the tines of a fork flat the small balls lightly and leave it to bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 225º C / 437º F.

Once you remove your Areias de Cascais from the oven, pass it through sugar lightly scented with a pinch of powdered cinnamon. They will taste great and you have the perfect cookies to take with a tea of your preference.

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