Coconut is a staple fruit to the Brazilian culture as well as the cuisine. When the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in the 1500s they brought with them many of their European ingredients and baking traditions. The imported sugar and local coconut created many varieties of baked goods. The coconut cookie or biscoito as it is called in Portuguese, is a great representation of this. Gozar!
Fun Fact: As a staple fruit to Brazilian culture, coconut is used in many other recipes. One such recipe is quejadinhas, a coconut and cheese snack, popular among children. Children may take quejadinhas to school as part of their lunch. These treats do not need to be heated and, if stored correctly, they stay fresh for several days.