Broas de Mel (Madeira Island molasses cookies)


Broas de Mel (Madeira island molasses cookies)

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Cuisine Portuguese


  • 2-¼ cups flour
  • 6 oz butter room temperature
  • 1-¼ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • ½ lemon zest zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix the sugar and soft butter in the bowl. About 1-2 minutes in an electric mixer or 5 minutes by hand.
  • In a separate bowl mix all your dry ingredients flour, spices, lemon zest, salt, baking soda
  • Now add all these dry ingredients to the bowl with the sugar and flour mixture. Add one egg and 2 tablespoons of molasses, then mix to combine all the ingredients.
  • Scoop out a portion of about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball - repeat. Place the cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Allow the dough balls to chill and refrigerator for about an hour .
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  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • Remove the cookie sheet pans from the refrigerator and place immediately into a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
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NOTE: in the video I say use a half a teaspoon of baking powder, that was an error. I should've said use a half a teaspoon of baking soda. The recipe will work with baking powder but baking soda is the preferable ingredient .
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