Recipe for Chocolate Koulourakia
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Greek butter cookies, or koulourakia, are traditionally served at Christmas and Easter. However, they are great all year long. Although the traditional recipe doesn’t include additives, such as chocolate, the increasing prevalence of chocolate in Greece means that versions like this are becoming more common. This koulourakia recipe is perfect for the chocolate lovers in your life!
Greek Chocolate Butter Cookies Recipe Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Metaxa (Greek Brandy)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 large egg, beaten (for the egg wash)
Instructions to Bake Greek Chocolate Butter 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 and Metaxa.
Sift the cocoa powder, 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.
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.
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