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Recipe for Koulourakia Methismena – Greek Cookies with Orange and Cinnamon

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These koulourakia cookies are typically made on the island of Crete and were traditionally served to guests. Hospitality is so important on Crete that many homes would have these cookies on hand in case someone would drop by unannounced.

Koulourakia Methismena Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated, fresh orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Greek olive oil
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup clear spirit, such as grappa, Cretan raki, or vodka

Instructions:

Add the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, orange zest, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor and pulse until combined. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and olive oil to a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add the sugar and olive oil to the flour mixture in the food processor and pulse until combined. Set the food processor on low and gradually add the orange juice and the spirit in a thin stream and combine it until the mixture forms into a ball of dough. If the dough is sticky, add a small amount of flour until it is no longer sticky.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dust a plate with the remaining sugar. Form some dough into a three inch rope and create a circular shape. Press the ends together to seal. Gently press one side of the cookie into the sugar and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Continue until all the dough is used. Place the sheet in the center of the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the cookies are a light golden color and cooked all the way through.

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