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Panlevi - Dutch Caribbean Sponge Cookies

Panlevi are delicious Dutch Caribbean Sponge Cookies from the Sephardic community of Curacao. Perfect tea time snack.
Course: desserts
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 146kcal



  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  • Sift flour, mace, nutmeg and salt into a small bowl.
  • Using the whip attachment of an electric mixer, beat eggs for several minutes until light and frothy. They should form soft peaks.
  • Add vanilla extract and sugar and mix for 2 minutes until well incorporated.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in 1/3 of the flour until incorporated.
  • Repeat 2 more times until all of the flour has been incorporated.
  • With slightly wet hands, take a portion about the size of a small lime and form into a small patty shape (like a hamburger).
  • Place on the cookie sheets with a little space in between each cookie.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until the bottom of the cookies are a little golden around the edges.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.


Wet your hands slightly when forming the cookies to make it easier.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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