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Feb 18, 2016
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CASADINHOS – BRAZILIAN COOKIES WITH GUAVA

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.

CASADINHOS - BRAZILIAN COOKIES WITH GUAVA
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.

CASADINHOS - BRAZILIAN COOKIES WITH GUAVA

CASADINHOS - BRAZILIAN COOKIES WITH GUAVA
 
Ingredients
  • 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
  • FILLING
  • 200 grams of guava paste
  • ⅙ cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir until smooth and then sift the cornstarch and flour into the mix.
  4. One more time mix the dough gently until combined.
  5. Roll dough to ¼" thick (some people (like us!) think it's easier if they roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper).
  6. Refrigerate the dough for 3 hours.
  7. 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.
  8. Place them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes until they freeze completely.
  9. 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

Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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  1. linda spiker - 03/03/2016 - 12h33

    Gorgeous cookies! Pinned!

  2. Christine - 03/03/2016 - 13h13

    I don’t think I have ever had Brazilian cookies but these look really good. I love sweets. I make cookies every so often and like to keep it simple. These cookies are a recipe that I would like to give a try.

  3. Kelly @theinspiredparent - 03/03/2016 - 13h32

    These sound wonderful! Love guava!

  4. Kari - 03/03/2016 - 13h54

    These look delicious! Where do you get the guava paste? I love guava.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.om

  5. candy - 03/03/2016 - 14h53

    Hope I can find guava paste in one of our grocery stores, theses look delicious.

  6. Leah - 03/03/2016 - 17h00

    These sound fantastic! I bet the guava is just amazing in there! Yum!

  7. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish - 03/03/2016 - 18h06

    Such a fun cookie! I love guavas too. When I was little, my neighbors had a guava tree and I loved to eat the ones that grew over our side of the fence.

  8. Frugal Mom of 8 - 03/03/2016 - 19h59

    Wow I have never had guava cookies but they look really good!

  9. Warren @ Blog to Taste - 04/03/2016 - 00h08

    Oh my gosh! These look fantastic. And with the guava paste? Yes please!

  10. Tara - 04/03/2016 - 11h57

    I have never tried guava paste, or guavas for that matter. I’m going to search for it and try these. They’re beautiful.

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