Portuguese Biscoitos for the Feast of St. Anthony

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Did you know that St. Anthony is claimed by both the Italians and the Portuguese? Popularly known as St. Anthony of Padua, Anthony was born in Lisbon and made his way to Italy after his priestly ordination when he sought to join the Franciscan Order. In Portugal, he’s known as St. Anthony of Lisbon.

"Portuguese Biscoitos for the feast of St. Anthony" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

St. Anthony’s Shrine for the Sick, Paterson, NJ. Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.

To celebrate his feast day, try these simple cookies. This not-too-sweet cookie has a texture reminiscent of Italian biscotti, but these are shaped rather than sliced and twice-baked. Many recipes for biscoito call for a touch of citrus zest or citrus juice, so if you’d like to add a bit of zing to this recipe, you can do so and still have authentic biscoito.

These are simple enough for kids to make–they’ll especially like to roll the dough into “snakes” and shape the cookies.

"Portuguese Biscoitos for the feast of St. Anthony" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.

Biscoitos

Makes 24 cookies

4 oz butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat and allow to cool until it’s just warm.

Meanwhile measure other ingredients. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a bowl.

When butter has cooled, stir in sugar, then whisk in eggs until the batter is golden and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture. Dough should not stick to your hands; if it does, add flour a tiny bit at a time until the dough stays together.

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare baking sheets by covering in parchment paper or Silpat.

On a sheet of waxed paper, portion out dough in balls about 1 inch in diameter (1 ounce each). Roll each ball into a “snake” and form into a loop. Place on cookie sheet and gently press the ends together.

Bake 20 minutes until golden brown.

"Portuguese Biscoitos for the feast of St. Anthony" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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