This sweet from Brazil is called Casadinhos – Brazilian cookies with guava (casadinhos is the diminutive for married, if it can be translated. It is made of two little “sugar cookies” filled with guava paste. I grew up eating these casadinhos -Brazilian cookies all the time at my grandma’s house. They are so yummy and quick to make. I love the flavor of guava paste! Yummy!! They are fluffy, very lemony and the cookies melt in your mouth. The tartness of the guava makes it perfect. It’s a very tropical flavor! We made half the recipe, which will give you around 20 casadinhos.
I grew up eating guavas from the tree at my grandmas’s farm. She had two different types of guavas: one was white inside. The other, the pink/red guava was my favorite. We couldn’t eat them as fast as they grew on the tree, so the hundreds of overripe guavas would turn out as jams or compotes. I remember helping my grandma wash, clean and open up the guavas to see if they were good inside. After the “cleaning” process, we would get a huge pot to put in the wood oven and start the process of making the jam. We are so fortunate that even the sugar used to make the jam was totally organic, made at her farm. For a long time when Brazil was in horrible economic shape we would eat everything from my grandmas’s farm. One of the many ways to use those big jars full of guava was making these Brazilian cookies that my brothers and I would eat non-stop. It would be our breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner until we fought for the last cookie. I really miss the guava flavor in sweets in general. If you are wondering where to find guava, usually I find it at any Latina store or on Amazon. I’ve seen fresh before, but usually I buy guava paste because It is convenient for me to make whatever desserts I want whenever I want.
- 100g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup baker's sugar
- Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies
- 200 grams of guava paste
- ⅙ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Place butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix with a large spoon until its well combined. Don't mix too much! Add the egg, vanilla extract, pinch of salt and lemon zest.
- Stir until smooth and then sift the cornstarch and flour into the mix.
- One more time mix the dough gently until combined.
- Roll dough to ¼" thick (some people (like us!) think it's easier if they roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper).
- Refrigerate the dough for 3 hours.
- Using a 2" round cookie cutter or a shot glass (the way we did) cut the cookies and place them onto baking trays lined with parchment paper.
- Place them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes until they freeze completely.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes (it depends on your oven) or until they are very light golden, not brown on the bottom. Cool on wire racks. ("Dip" the shot glass/cookie cutter into the flour to avoid sticking).
- Cut the guava paste into cubes and bring to a boil with water in a small saucepan.
- Mix well and remove from heat. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Spread half the cookies with guava filling and sandwich together with remaining cookies.
- Roll the casadinhos in powdered sugar.
Beijos e Tchau!