Koulourakia: Greek Easter Cookies

April 10, 2014 • Cookies, Dessert, Greek Food

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This recipe for Greek Easter Cookies, or Koulourakia as we call them in Greek, comes from my Thea (aunt) Aleka’s kitchen.   Among her many talents, Thea Aleka is the most talented baker.  She is always inventing and reinventing family recipes from her birthplace in Zakynthos, Greece.

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Thea Aleka has taught me that preparing recipes is not only an expression of love, but also an expression of creativity and imagination.   I am so honored that she shared her famous Koulourakia recipe with us today just in time for Easter.

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You may also order Koulourakia, Greek Easter bread, or other sweets directly from Thea Aleka at Zante Cooking, (412) 609-5625.

Zakynthos

Here is a picture I took of a shipwreck in Zakynthos on my last visit in 2010.
It still takes my breath away.

Koulourakia: Greek Easter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 egg whites

Instructions

Allow butter to soften at room temperature.

Beat until light and fluffy.

Add sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Gradually add flour and baking powder to the sugar and egg mixture, still beating until thoroughly combined.

On a floured surface, kneed the dough for five to 10 minutes, until smooth and soft.

Using roughly 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. of dough for each cookie, roll out using your hands into a the shape of a pretzel rod. Braid, or shape dough into a pinwheel or an "S" shape.

Place on a greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart from one another.

Whisk three egg whites in a bowl.

Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg whites.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Note: This recipe yields 6 dozen cookies.

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12 Responses to Koulourakia: Greek Easter Cookies

  1. Jamie says:

    What temperature do you bake them at? Am I just missing it on here? lol. It just says bake for 25 minutes from what I can see.

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  9. Susannah says:

    thanks for sharing, mike. this can’t have been easy to write. i’m so glad you and your dad have more of a reiilaonshtp now.my dad and i didn’t have a great relationship while i was growing up either, but things are much better now. hope things continue on the upswing for you guys!

  10. Louise says:

    One of my favorite cookies!

  11. Jayne Bertovich says:

    Thea Aleka’s cookies are the all-time best ever. I highly recommend her baking and cooking. Thanks for sharing.

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