Recipe for Traditional Cretan Spice Cookies (Ladokoulora)

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These cookies are traditionally made in Crete throughout the year, but they are especially popular at Christmas.

Cretan Spice Cookies Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek olive oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Sesame seeds, for sprinkling

How to Bake Cretan Spice Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk together the olive oil and sugar until smooth. You can also beat it instead with an electric mixer set on medium.

Whisk or beat in the milk and continue beating until smooth. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves and beat or whisk until well-mixed.

Mix in the flour gently with your hands and form the dough into a ball.

Form the cookies into crescent shapes or circles and place on a baking sheet. Place the sheet in the center of the oven and bake for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and brush each cookie with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Return to the oven and bake the cookies for an additional 15 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and let cool on pan for ten minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks or parchment paper to cool.

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