29th May 2024

Quick Bolinhas

Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Bolinha is a coconut-semolina cookie that is enjoyed as a tea time snack in Goa. These are also prepared during Christmas to be a part of the kuswad (sweet platter) that is shared with neighbours, relatives and friends. Make these Quick Bolinhas when you are short of time. Unlike the other version of Bolinhas that I had posted earlier (click here to see the other one) these are quicker and easier to make.

Yield: 16 Bolinhas

Prep. Time: 20 Mins + resting

Baking Time: 25 to 30 Mins


  • Semolina (pre-roasted) – 150 gms
  • Coconut (fresh and finely grated) – 130 gms
  • Granulated Sugar – 175 gms
  • APF [Maida] – 1 ½ tbsp. + some for dusting
  • Baking Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Cardamom Powder – ½ tsp. or to taste
  • Egg – 1
  • Pure Ghee (melted) – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt – a pinch

Step 1:     Take the sugar and 60 ml water in a sauce pan and place it on low heat. Stir it till the sugar melts and forms a syrup.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 2:     Whilst, still on heat, add the grated coconut and semolina to the syrup and mix well. Then add the ghee and mix it well again. Take your pan off the heat and let the mixture come to room temperature.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 3:     Later, crack open the egg and collect it in a small bowl. Beat it lightly and then add to the mixture. Also add the cardamom powder and salt. Mix it all up very well. Then add the maida and mix till the dough is free of lumps (the dough will be sticky). Leave to rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)
Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 4:     When you are ready to bake, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Dissolve the baking powder in 1 tbsp. of tepid water. Add it to the resting batter and mix well. Also add a pinch of cardamom powder.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 5:     Scoop the batter with a tablespoon and arrange it on the baking tray. Once you’ve used all the batter, dust you palms with some APF. Pick one scooped portion of the batter that you had lined on the tray and form it into a ball. Flatten slightly and place on the tray. Dust your hand with APF again and then go for the next scoop. Keep repeating till you have shaped all the scoops into balls.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)
Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 6:     Use a toothpick / blunt knife and make three parallel indentations on each bolinha for decorative purpose. Preheat the oven to 190 ° C and then bake the cookies on the middle rack at 190° C for 25 minutes.

Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)

Step 7:     (optional) When the cookie has baked, shift the tray to near the grill and grill for 2 to 3 minutes to get a nice brown colour to the crust. Remove and cool on a wire rack.


  • If you are using frozen coconut shreds / flakes, defrost it and once at room temperature use 2 tbsp. water and blitz in a blender to make it a bit fine.
Making of Quick Bolinhas (coconut-semolina cookie)


  1. Hi, I tried making these, they were super delicious but while making, after the 2 hour wait time, the mixture looked very crumbly and I couldn’t make the balls so I added another egg and waited but then the mixture got too sticky too handle, so I kept it in the fridge for a while but still was too sticky to handle, is it supposed to be sticky. I’m wondering what went wrong coz ur mixture looks perfect? Do let me know. TIA

    • The weight of one egg mentioned is standard – about 50 gms. If you used a smaller one, you would need to compensate.But adding another whole egg might have made the batter too sticky. Having said that, the batter is sticky and you need to dust your palms with APF (as mentioned) to form the balls. We would advise you to read the recipe again and see if you missed out something.

  2. I tried your recipe it turned delicious but the bolinhas were soft, can you please let me know how to make them hard?. Hard outside and soft inside.

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