My Grandma’s Koulourakia Recipe (Greek Butter Cookies)
Learn how to make authentic Greek butter cookies, just like my Yia Yia!
- 1 pound sweet cream butter softened
- 12 ounces powdered sugar
- 12 ounces granulated cane sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk warm
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2.5 pounds all purpose flour sifted
- 1 orange zested
Egg wash for each cookie:
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon heavy cream
- 1 pinch granulated cane sugar
- sesame seeds
Fit an attachment with fat blades onto your mixer (not the whisk). Turn on the mixer and add half of the flour and 3 tablespoons of baking powder. Blend well. Set the mixer to the lowest setting and slowly add the remaining ingredients except for the flour. Mix well. Sift and add the remaining flour. Continue mixing until firm.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees while you move on to the next step.
To form the koulourakia:
Sprinkle a smooth table liberally. Plop all of the dough onto the table and knead well. If the mixture is sticky, add small amounts of flour until it is firm. Keep your hands floured to prevent sticking, too.
Next, pinch off small pieces of dough and form the koulourakia shapes on a greased baking sheet. After that, make the egg wash by beating together the egg yolk with heavy cream and sugar. Using a pastry brush, paint the cookies with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds over the tops.
Bake on the lowest rack in the oven at 350 until barely golden. Start checking after 15 minutes. Then move them to the top rack and place the next batch of cookies on the low rack.
Remove the cookies when they are golden. Allow to cool completely before serving.
Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 375mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 674IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 3mg