The seven layer wafer (Bolacha sete-capas)

This seven layer wafer is a popular type of savory thick brazilian cookie, traditionally originating from the Northeast of Brazil, state of Paraiba. This light cracker is made with seven thin layers of a special dough made with wheat flour, coconut milk, butter and hydrogenated vegetable oil; with each layer placed over the other, we will be baking each time (7 times!) when adding the next layer over the previous.

This recipe for a sweet and slightly salty, light and tasty cookie which is mostly eaten for breakfast or as a snack.

Yield: 8-12 servings
Total time:

Making homemade brazilian seven layer wafers

* 1 and 1/2 cups (375 g) of coarse sugar
* 1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk
* 2 and 1/2 cups (320 g) white flour
* 3 pinches of salt
* Butter to grease the pan
* 10 egg yolks
* Cinnamon, grated


1) Pour the egg yolks in a bowl with the sugar and whisk well until this mixture roughly doubles in volume and changes in color. Pour in the coconut milk, a pinch of grated cinnamon and continue to whisk.

2) Pour the flour in, gradually, stirring constantly. Finish by kneading with your hands until you have a smooth dough, and let it stand for 1 hour

3) Roll the dough very thinly, and in it cut 7 inch squares (18 cm), approximately. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease a pan with the butter, and put it in the oven to heat it up.

4) Remove the pan from the oven At the bottom, place a dough square; put this in the oven and bake for just this layer, leave the light on because the oven will bake this thin layer very fast!

5) When this layer is nicely baked, put a new layer of prepared dough Repeat this process for all seven layers, until the last layer. Be careful not to overbake any layers, the idea is to bake only until the dough begins to brown… nothing too complicated, but this dish requires a bit of patience!

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