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Raivas (Cinnamon Butter Cookies)

Raiva means “rage” or “anger” in Portuguese.
The convent sweets are a rich part of the Portuguese culinary.
Many convents, female particularly, had their specialties.
Many of the recipes contained little secrets transmitted from one convent to another, from one generation to the next.  Some recipes have been lost over time but many others persist, becoming heritage of Portuguese cuisine.
The cinnamon butter cookies have a manufacturing tradition for over two hundred years by Bernardine nuns. 


Recipe
100 g sugar
75 g butter
3 eggs
250 g flour
1 tablesp. cinnamon

. Grease a baking tray and sprinkle a little flour.
. Mix the sugar with the butter and beat well.
. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Whisk the flour and cinnamon together.
. Roll the dough into a cylinder and divide it into 24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 20-inches long and form a circle, then push the sides of the circle into the middle, making squiggly shapes.
. Bake in preheated oven (170ºC) until golden (12-15 minutes).
. Let the cookies cool and remove with a spatula.