Raivas are cinnamon butter cookies from the Beira Litoral region of Portugal. Beira Litoral is in the north-central part of the country. The major city is Coimbra, home to the country’s oldest university.
More information on Coimbra and Beira Litoral.
Raivas have a nice cinnamon flavor without being overly sweet. They come out of the oven crisp and are perfectly paired with coffee or tea. Shaping these cookies can be a fun activity for children. I can’t wait until Evan is old enough to make these with me. I am not sure on the history of the cookies, but their name means ‘rage’ or ‘anger’ in Portuguese, maybe due to their shape?
I found these raivas in A Baker’s Tour: Nick Malgieri’s Favorite Baking Recipes from Around the World. Nick Malgieri compiled over 100 multicultural bread, cake, pastry, cookie, and pie recipes. He has adapted these recipes for the American kitchen. In addition to the raivas, I have also tried the Pane Ticinese (Olive Oil Bread from Ticino) and Kringler (Danish Salt Pretzels).