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
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or butter ((Clarified butter))
  • 3 Egg yolks (Or 4 egg yolks (I have used the large sized eggs available here so used 3 yolks ) )
  • 1 Egg white ((Well beaten till frothy))
  • 4 tbsp All-Purpose Flour (Or little more , not more than 1/4 cup )
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  • 1 In a vessel , add the sugar with 125 ml water and bring it to a boil.
  • 2 Add the Rawa to the sugar syrup and mix it well. Continue cooking the mixture on low flame for about 2 minutes.
  • 3 Grind the coconut with a little water.(about 1/3 cup water ) Add the ground coconut to rawa mixture, mix well.
  • 4 Add salt and ghee/ butter , stir well. Take mixture off the fire. Let it cool. Leave this mixture aside for at least 4-6 hours or overnight in fridge.(see recipe notes below ) .
  • 5 Then next day (if keeping batter to soak overnight ) mix the egg yolks with the Bolinha mixture. Mix well . Now , Add the beaten egg white to the Bolinha mixture. Mix well .
  • 6 Next, add cardamom powder, all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup ) and baking powder to the mixture. Mix well.
  • 7 (Before shaping bolinhas , if you feel that the mixture is little sticky and difficult to handle , refrigerate the mixture for about 30 mins to an hour so it’s easy to shape them ) . 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. (Dip toothpick in flour if it sticks to the bolinhas while making the design ) . Or you can use a fork by dipping it in flour each time you make the design.
  • 8 Preheat oven at 375 deg F(190 deg C). Place bolinhas on a baking tray sprinkled with some flour. Bake for 15 mins then for a nice brown color on top for bolinhas, turn ON the top heat of over for about a min. (Please keep a check when Top heat is on , to make sure you don’t burn the top. ) See recipe notes below.
  • 9 Cool the bolinhas completely on a wire rack. Store in air tight container.
  • 10 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.
  • If your oven has TOP, BOTTOM heat options , then bake bolinhas on BOTTOM heat ON for 15 mins , then TOP (or broil option if you have ) heat ON for the last 1 minute to get a lovely color on top of the bolinhas.
  • Bolinhas remain good at room temperature for about 2 weeks and refrigerator for about a month.

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