Bolinhas, pronounced as bolinyas are goan coconut cookies that are lightly browned crisp on the outside and soft inside, crumbles in your mouth and as always leaving you with the desire to have one more. It is a tea time treat that can be enjoyed during any time of the year but without bolinhas as Christmas sweets your Christmas sweets platter would be incomplete.
  • Passive
    6 Hours
  • Prep
    20 minutes
  • Cook
    25 minutes
  • Servings
    40 Pc.


  • 250 grams Rawa ((Fine semolina))
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 250 grams Shredded fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp Ghee ((Clarified butter))
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 1 Egg white ((Well beaten till frothy))
  • 4 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  • 1 Make sugar syrup by heating the sugar in 1/2 a cup of water till it boils.
  • 2 Add the Rawa to the sugar syrup and mix it well.
  • 3 Grind the coconut with a little water.(about 1/4 cup) Add the ground coconut to rawa mixture, mix well.
  • 4 Add salt and ghee, stir well. Take mixture off the fire. Let it cool. Leave this mixture aside for at least 6 hours or overnight in fridge.
  • 5 Then mix the egg yolks with the Bolinha mixture.
  • 6 Next, add cardamom powder, all-purpose flour and baking powder to the mixture. Stir well.
  • 7 Add beaten egg white to the Bolinha mixture.
  • 8 To shape the bolinhas, take about 1 tbsp each of the bolinha dough, place on a flour sprinkled surface and shape it, make diamonds using toothpick.
  • 9 Preheat oven at 375 deg F(190 deg C). Place bolinhas on a baking tray sprinkled with some flour. Bake for 15 mins with base heat , then for a nice brown color on top for bolinhas, turn ON the top heat of over for about a min.
  • 10 Cool the bolinhas completely on a wire rack. Store in air tight container.
  • 11 Serve when required.

Recipe Notes


  • Makes 40 bolinhas if exactly 1 tbsp each of the batter is used to shape the bolinhas.
  • Bolinhas turn out real good, if the batter is left overnight to soak.
  • Make sure to turn ON the top heat for a golden brown color on top of bolinhas.
  • Bolinhas remain good at room temperature for about 2 weeks and refrigerator for about a month.

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