This is another tradition in my family for Christmas. I use pinenuts and golden raisins because in Portugal these are the ingredients most traditional in Christmas. But you can add other candied fruits or different nuts. —Maria Teresa Jorge
butter at room temperature
all purpose flour
whole egg at room temperature
In This Recipe
Beat the sugar with the butter until pale and fluffly.
Scrape down the sides and bottom and add the lightly beaten egg until very fluffy and light.
Sift the flour with the baking powder and the salt and add to the mixture.
Scrape down the sides and add the pinenuts and the golden raisins, beat to divide well in dough. At this point the dough should come together in a ball.
Chill for 20 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF with rack in the middle. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
Make little balls of dough and roll them in the palms of your hands. Put the cookies on the lined trays, 1 inch apart and bake until golden brown.
Allow to cool on the baking tray and store in an air tight container.