Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Koulourakis ( Greek Butter Cookies )

Koulourakis ( Greek Butter Cookies ) ... Traditional Greek butter cookies, known as Koulourakis / Koulourakia, are typically made at Easter. They can be formed in several shapes as braided circles, twists, figure eights, twisted wreaths, coils, horseshoes, S shape or Greek letters. Airy light, crisp-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside and not too sweet, these cookies are great eaten with a cup of coffee or tea.

Koulourakis ( Greek Butter Cookies )
Makes : approx. 36 cookies, depending on shape & size

Ingredients :
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ( plus extra flour, as needed )
  • 3 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 orange rind, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
    Method :
    • Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
    • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
    • Add vanilla extract and orange rind and mix well. 
    • Add 2 eggs one by one and beat until well incorporated.
    • Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix all ingredients until a soft dough forms.  { Dough should be soft, but not sticky. If it is too sticky, add small amounts of extra flour (1 tablespoon at a time) until you can break off a piece of the dough and roll in a thin tube without dough sticking together }.
    • To shape cookies, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut. Roll into a thin cord, about the length of a dinner knife. Fold in half and twist twice. You can also shape dough into coils or an "S" shape. 
    • Arrange cookies on a lightly greased or paper-lined cookie sheet, leaving enough space between them as they will expand while baking.
    • Beat remaining egg in a small bowl. Brush cookies lightly with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
    • Bake cookies approximately 14 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
    Notes :
    • I used about 1/2 cup extra flour as my dough was very sticky.
    • I also chilled the dough for an hour before shaping cookies.
    Recipe Source : Eggland's Best Eggs

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    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. almost look like bread but in a small version!!!

    2. Wow! This looks yummy...and something new for me. Thanks for sharing :)

    3. Glad you are back:) cookies look yummy!

    4. Very cute and scrumptious cookies..

    5. wow looks awesome, stunning clicks dear:)

    6. glad to see u back :) beautiful clicks..

    7. looks so pretty. lovely recipe.

    8. I'm so glad you're back! I've missed your posts!
      These cookies look delicious! Almost like little rolls of bread :)

    9. Wow.. Cookies look super yum ambreen!

    10. Yummy those sound awesome and I love how they look. Thanks for sharing!

      Happy Blogging!
      Happy Valley Chow

    11. Your koulourakia as we call them in Greece look absolutely perfect Ambreen! Welcome back!

    12. Simple is most often the best! YUM!

    13. these butter cookies look fabulous

    14. I love butter cookies and I love sesame seeds...yum! =)

    15. º° ❤♫°
      Olá, amiga!

      Parecem tão deliciosos!...
      Bom fim de semana!

      °º♡ Beijinhos do Brasil
      º° ♡ ❤♫° ·

    16. Fab cookies and I love the patterns you have made.

    17. Una splendida e deliziosa ricetta!!! Complimenti!!!!

    18. welcome back and perfect cookies with tea.

    19. I'm so glad you back, and hope you had a good vacation :)
      I love these cookies. They are very well known here and everyone just loves them

    20. These are really gorgeous, love the addition of sesame seeds!

    21. welcome back!
      yumm yumm..thanks for sharing :)

      1. Thanks you so much everyone for your lovely comments & the warm welcome back to blogging. I've missed you all!

    22. nice!looks gread!
      But them name is "kulurakia", never mind where is the butter? because you make butter cookis

      1. Butter is right there in the ingredients list ... at No. 4. Perhaps, you missed it!

    23. They butter cookies are fabulous. Looks like you are back full on !

    24. Lovely recipe and beautiful clicks Ambreen :-)

    25. These look delicious!! The orange rind and sesame seeds are a neat change from what you usually see in cookies. Thank you for sharing at our Simply Create Link Party. I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow!

    26. Thank you Melissa for visiting & for your sweet comment :)

    27. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
      Hope to see you soon!
      Miz Helen


    Thank you for visiting and brightening my day with your sweet comments. I try my best to respond to your comments ASAP, though it might take some time to get back to you.

    Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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