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Recipe for Koulourakia Voutirou – Greek Butter Cookies

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close up of traditional greek cookies with sesameseedsThese butter cookies are traditionally made in Greece during celebrator occasions such as Easter and Christmas. Be sure to dunk them in your morning coffee, just like the Greeks do! The name “Koulourakia” originates from their round, twisted shape.

Greek Butter Cookies Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Metaxa (Greek Brandy)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Instructions to Bake Greek Shortbread Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Add butter and sugar to a medium bowl and cream together using an electric mixer that has been set on medium speed.

Slowly add the eggs and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, Metaxa, and orange zest.

Sift the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. Set the mixer on low speed and slowly add the flour mixture. Turn off the mixer once the flour has all been added and knead the mixture for 20 seconds. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough for 1 hour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Pinch off about 1 inch of the dough and roll into a rope. From there, you can form them into rings or twist them into ropes, as pictured.

Place cookies on greased baking sheets. Brush with the beaten egg using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional). Place baking sheets in the center of the oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.

This recipe makes about 40 cookies.

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This post was written by GreekBoston.com