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Traditional Koulourakia

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Ingredients

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5 eggs - seperated
1 pound sweet unsalted butter - softened
1⅓ cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅔ cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups all-purpose flour this is an estimate. King Arthur works best.
Egg Wash
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 drops olive oil

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Traditional Koulourakia

A traditional koulourakia recipe for Easter

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A traditional koulourakia (Greek cookies) recipe from our family to yours!

  • 20 minutes
  • Serves 90
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • Egg Wash

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We grew up in a Greek neighborhood outside of Boston, and our neighbors were more like family rather than just people living nearby. It’s amazing to think back now and remember what it was like having this network of close friends all around us and always together. One of our neighbors, Theia Tasia and her daughter Ethel, have lived across the street from our family for over 40 years! They always made amazing Greek dishes and their Koulourakia were always our favorite. They were kind enough to give us their recipe and we’re posting it here for all of you. We want to share our family upbringing with everyone so you can share that experience with us!

Steps

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Combine the egg wash ingredients and mix well.

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Mix 1 cup flour with baking powder and soda – set aside.

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Separate Eggs. Whip egg white until peaks form and no liquid on the bottom.

4
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In separate bowl, whip egg yolks. Slowly add sugar until mixture is a light yellow and smooth. Add softened butter. Mix well.

5
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Add vanilla extract and orange juice. Mix well. Fold in egg white while being careful not to deflate.

6
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Fold in the flour with baking powder. Mix carefully until just combined. Slowly add flour ½ cup at a time. Keep folding in flour until batter is just soft enough to roll into a ball. If you add too much flour, the cookies will come out dry and hard so be careful in this step.

7
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Once well mixed, use a small cookie scoop for each koulouraki.

8
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Roll out into a log about 6” long. Pick it up, fold in half and twist twice.

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Top with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

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Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees until top and bottom are golden brown. Keep an eye on them at about 15 minutes to prevent over baking.

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NOTE: We don’t add salt due to the large amount of baking powder. If you are using sodium free baking powder, add ⅛ teaspoon salt.

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