Portuguese Milk Tarts, Queijadas de Leite, are a sweet, creamy, traditional Portuguese dessert recipe made with simple ingredients.

Portuguese Milk Tarts Queijadas de LeitePortuguese Milk Tarts {Queijadas de Leite}

With the holidays quickly approaching I wanted to share a traditional Portuguese dessert that you’ll find at every family gathering. Queijadas de Leite, or Portuguese Milk Tarts. These sweet treats are made with a few simple ingredients, eggs, milk, butter, flour and sugar, and they bake up into creamy little tarts that practically melt in your mouth. 

inside dairy farm barn with cows that make dairy food

When we were talking about all things dairy in my Dairy 101 post the other day I mentioned that I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the NY Dairy Tour sponsored by The American Dairy Association North East. It was three amazing days of visiting local dairy farms and learning all about the dairy food industry and dairy-farming. We also got to try some awesome cheeses, eat farm-to-table meals, and even try a little milk mixology (yes you read that right!) at a local distillery. It was an eye-opening experience and I have an even greater appreciation for all of the hard-work, care, and dedication that goes into the dairy food products I love so much. If you want to learn more check out the American Dairy Association North East website.

Melinda and a calf

My favorite part, besides hanging out with all of those cute calves (look at that face!), was the cooking competition on the last day. I got to show off one of my favorite Portuguese recipes, Queijadas de Leite, or Portuguese Milk Tarts, and the celebrity guest judge was Jason Smith from The Next Food Network Star Season 12!! 

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What are Queijadas de Leite?

Queijadas de Leite translates to “Milk Tarts” and they are a traditional Portuguese dessert that you will find at every celebration. Portuguese Milk Tarts are made with milk, eggs, butter, flour, and a little cinnamon sugar for flavor. That’s it. Super simple, and totally delicious.

how to make Portuguese Milk Tarts

How to Make Portuguese Milk Tarts {Queijadas de Leite}

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine sugar and flour.
  3. Whisk in beaten eggs, then add melted butter, continuing to whisk, and then milk.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup to a little more than ¾ full.
  5. Bake on the center rack for 30 mins or until sides and top are golden.
  6. Remove the tarts from muffin tin while hot by running a knife around the sides and lifting them out.
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

baking Portuguese Milk Tarts

Can Queijadas de Leite Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes! Since Portuguese Milk Tarts are served at room temperature they can be made 1 day ahead. Once you have made them let them cool completely then place in an airtight container and store in a cool place. Before serving take them out and let them come to room temperature. TIP: Place your Queijadas de Leite in cupcake liners after they have baked and cooled. That makes it easier to move them around. 

Portuguese Milk Tarts custard cup

As the Queijadas de Leite bake in the muffin tin the outer edges crisp up and form a crust. The inside is this sweet, soft filling that melts in your mouth. Add a little sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top and you have a classic Portuguese dessert that is sure to impress your friends and family.

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Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Portuguese Milk Tarts {Queijadas de Leite}

Portuguese Milk Tarts, Queijadas de Leite, are a sweet, creamy, traditional Portuguese dessert recipe made with simple ingredients.
Portuguese Milk Tarts Queijadas de Leite
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup Butter, melted
  • 3 ¾ cups Whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine 2 cups of sugar and flour.
  • Whisk in beaten eggs, then add melted butter, continuing to whisk, and then milk.
  • Pour mixture into greased muffin tin, filling them to a little more than ¾ full.
  • Bake on center rack for 30 mins or until sides and top are golden.
  • Remove the tarts from muffin tin while hot by running a sharp knife around the sides and lifting them out.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the tarts as a topping.
  • Serve the same day or store in cool place until ready to serve. Can be made 1 day ahead and served at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tart, Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 66mg, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 220IU, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: milk tarts, portuguese dessert, portuguese recipe