Bolo de Bolacha Maria – Maria Cookie Cake

Maria Cookie Cake


Carla Almeida sent me her recipe for Bolo de Bolacha Maria. “This is usually the recipe made by mothers in Portugal, especially in the summer. It’s fresh, easy and kids love it! It’s one of those Portuguese desserts that everyone has at one point or another tried. It is, probably, the dessert most loved by kids in Portugal. I remember that my mother baked it for special occasions, when she wanted to surprised us” She said.
Bolo de Bolacha Maria


1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 can (same can)  milk
5 eggs
2 big packages of  Bolacha Maria (Maria Cookies)
4 – 6 cups of strong black coffee
1 pint whipping cream
1 tsp of sugar or brown sugar
Cinnamon powder


In a large bowl beat together the condensed milk, milk and egg yolks until creamy. Pour mixture into a pan on low heat and stir well until the mixture comes to a boil. Turn off heat.

Meanwhile dip cookies one at a time into coffee for about 5-10 seconds to coat with coffee, but don’t let them get soft. In a spring form pan or large platter, begin layering the cookies one a time then topping each with the egg cream until towers of your desired height form.

In small bowl beat the whipping cream with sugar until whipped. In separate bowl, beat the remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the whipped cream gently. Top the cookie cake with the cream. Top the cake with desired amount of cinnamon and crushed Maria cookie crumbs. Put it in the fridge for about 5 hours, or overnight for best results.

Visit this youtube video Bolo de Bolacha for a demonstration of how to assemble the cake. The recipe is different but there are many variations of this classic. Carla’s recipe is unique!… Enjoy


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  1. Maria-Jose says:

    Love and have tried most of recipes posted. I am looking to learn how to make bifans,Carne alantijana,filhosos (malasadas) just to name a few.can u add them to your recipe list on your site ?

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