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Raivas (Portuguese Cinnamon Cookies)

A recipe for Raivas (Portuguese Cinnamon Cookies)! These fun, irregularly-shaped cookies are crisp with a light cinnamon flavor perfect for pairing with coffee.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword cinnamon, cookie, dessert, raivas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18 Cookies


  • 5 tablespoons (75 grams) unsalted butter chilled and diced
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C) and set a rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl, beat together the diced butter and sugar until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Mix in the flour, cinnamon, and salt until a smooth dough comes together. Do not overwork.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 18 equal pieces.
  • Roll one piece into a long, thin rope (about 20 inches, 51 cm long). Crinkle together the rope on a flat surface to create an irregular, squiggly pattern. One recipe I came across in Portuguese likened the shape to an "awkward flower." Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces, arranging them about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden and firm, about 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on wire racks, then store in an airtight container for up to one week. Serve with coffee.