Queijadas de Sintra Recipe: Let's Make This Traditional Portuguese Cheesecake Recipe by 30Seconds Food

Queijadas de Sintra Recipe: Let's Make This Traditional Portuguese Cheesecake Recipe

Queijadas de Sintra, or Portuguese cheesecakes, are a traditional pastry found throughout Portugal. The cheesecakes have a flaky crust and rich, cheesy filling with a hint of sweetness.

All sorts of cheeses are used in these pastries – from mozzarella to goat cheese to ricotta. This Portuguese cheesecake recipe uses fresh (fresh is the key here!) mozzarella and is not hard at all to make.

Cuisine: Portuguese
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 2 hours to chill dough and filling
Cook Time: 18 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes plus 2 hours to chill dough and filling
Servings: 20



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup ice cold water


  • 1/4 pound (4 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes and at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (not sifted)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. To make the pastry, put the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the shortening until you get the texture of cornmeal. While stirring, slowly drizzle in the ice water until a dough forms. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  2. To make the filling, put the cheese, butter, sugar and cinnamon into a food processor or stand mixer. Beat on high until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and beat 1 more minute. Add the egg yolks and beat well. Add the flour and start pulsing the food processor to just blend. Put the filling into a mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  3. When ready to bake the cheesecakes, divide the dough in half. Roll both halves out as thin as you can on a lightly floured surface. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Reroll the scrapes together and cut out as many rounds as you can.
  4. Put each round into a muffin tin cup. Fill each cup with the filling. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 18 to 20 minutes or until filling puffs and is golden brown. Remove and cool to room temperature before serving. 

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Muffins Tins $8 & Up
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Donna John
Another intriguing recipe! Delicious!
This looks so good.
Elisa Schmitz
My mouth is actually watering looking at the ingredients in this recipe. I can't wait to try it!

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