Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia)

Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe

 The Spruce

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(72)
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12-15 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
357 Calories
28g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12-15 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 357
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 368mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 4g
Calcium 141mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A “kouloura” (koo-LOU-rah) in Greek is a round twist. The name for these traditional butter cookies comes from their round twisted shape, but you will also see Koulourakia as small braids or in the shape of the letter “S.” Koulourakia are delicious dunked in coffee or milk and are the traditional Easter cookie.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs (reserve 2 for brushing cookies)
  • 6 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces Ouzo
  • Optional: sesame seeds 

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Using the mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  4. Add the vanilla extract and ouzo and mix well.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  5. While the mixer is running, add eggs one by one and mix until well incorporated.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  6. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and soda.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  7. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture little by little. The dough will be soft and malleable but it should not be sticky. You should be able to pinch off a ball of dough and roll it into a cord or thin tube. If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Allow the dough to rest a bit before rolling into shapes.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  8. To shape the cookies, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  9. Roll out a cord or thin tube of dough about the length of a dinner knife.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  10. Fold in half then twist two times. You can also make a coiled circle or an “S” shape.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  11. Beat the remaining two eggs in a bowl and add a splash of water to the egg.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  12. Brush the cookies lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  13. Bake cookies on parchment paper or on a lightly-greased cookie sheet for approximately 20 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown.

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe
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  14. Serve and enjoy!