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Sequilhos (Cornstarch Cookies)

Sequilhos, or Brazilian Cornstarch Cookies, are the easiest cookies you will ever make! Only 4 ingredients are all you need to make the cookies that were part of every Brazilian's childhood.
5 from 3 votes


  • 113 grams unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), softened to room temperature
  • 200 grams sweetened condensed milk (½ cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 280 grams cornstarch (2 ¼ cups)



  • Combine the butter, sweetened condensed milk and salt in a large bowl. Using a spatula, mix everything until the butter is incorporated into the condensed milk. A few remaining lumps is okay!
  • Slowly add the cornstarch, mixing with the spatula to combine. It will eventually get hard to use the spatula, and you can then use your hands. Mix just until a smooth dough forms. You might not need all the cornstarch and should avoid the temptation to add everything if it's not needed.
  • Roll the cookie dough (about 1 teaspoon per cookie) into balls and press each ball with your thumb (like you would thumbprint cookies). Place the balls on a two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Using a fork, slightly flatten the cookies, also making their characteristic fork indentations.
  • Refrigerate the cookies for 30 minutes to avoid them spreading when baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF with a rack in the middle.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until they begin to gain some color on the bottom. They should still be quite pale on the top.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool slightly still on the baking sheets. After 15-20 minutes, carefully remove them to a wiring rack so they can finish cooling.


Want to add some fun flavorings to your sequilhos? These are some of my favorites:
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime, lemon or orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (you might need to add more cornstarch to reach the dough consistency)
Sequilhos will keep for up to a week, stored in an airtight container. 


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg