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Koulourakia recipe (Greek Easter Cookies)

Koulourakia recipe (Greek Easter cookies)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 80 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

The fluffiest and crunchiest traditional Greek Easter cookies recipe (koulourakia) you have ever made! These sweet little Greek Easter cookies are super quick to bake, so much fun to make and highly addictive to eat! Discover how to bake them to perfection with this traditional Greek recipe.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 250g butter (8.8 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cup plain white sugar
  • 13g powdered baking ammonia (2.5 tsp, flat). If you have trouble finding baking ammonia, or you don’t like the taste, you could substitute with 2.5tsp double acting baking powder.
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk (130ml)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1kg all-purpose (plain) flour (35 oz.)
  • 2 egg yolks and 1 tbsp water for glazing the koulourakia


Instructions

  1. To prepare this traditional koulourakia recipe, start by mixing the butter and sugar. In a mixer’s bowl add the sugar and butter (chopped) and mix for about 10-15 minutes, until the butter is creamy and fluffy. (Once starting to prepare this koulourakia recipe, make sure that the butter is at room temperature).
  2. In the meantime warm the milk until lukewarm and remove the pot from the heat. Add the ammonia and whisk until fully dissolved. Set aside.
  3. In the butter-sugar mixture, add the eggs one at a time, whilst mixing, allowing time for each one to be absorbed, before adding another. Pour in the the vanilla extract, the orange zest and the milk & ammonia blend and mix to combine. Add the flour, a little bit at a time, whilst mixing, until the ingredients are combined and the dough is soft and not too sticky.
  4. Cover the dough for the koulourakia with some plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the dough for the koulourakia on a clean working surface, take a small piece of dough and form long cords. Shape the koulourakia with your hands, giving them any shape you like.
  6. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and place the koulourakia, leaving some distance between them as they will rise a lot when baked. For this koulourakia recipe, you will need approx. 4-5 large baking trays, depending on the size of the cookies you make.
  7. In a small bowl add the egg yolks and 1 tbsp water and whisk with a fork. Brush the top of the koulourakia and bake in preheated oven at 200C/400F fan for 15-20 minutes, until fully cooked and golden brown on the outside (or the ammonia would not have been fully used up).
  8. Let the koulourakia cool down completely on a cooling rack and store in airtight containers for up to three weeks.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 88kcal
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Sodium: 4.9mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.6g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 19.5mg

Keywords: Koulourakia recipe, Greek Easter cookies, Koulourakia Pasxalina, Greek Easter Biscuits with Ammonia