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Recipes Cookies Koulourakia (Greek Braided Cookies)
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Written by Michelle   
Friday, 06 April 2012 22:04




Koulourakia is a Greek cookie traditionally served at Easter time. When I first started baking, these cookies were always a part of my repertoire, much to the delight of my parents and brother.


I haven’t made them in many years. When my mom saw me pull them out of the oven recently, she said, “Those remind me of the cookies that you used to make.” Needless to say, she was very excited to find out they were in fact Koulourakia. They are lightly sweetened and go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. They would be great served at brunch or afternoon tea. I am so glad I revisited this cookie recipe. Now I can add one more Koulourakia fan to my list: my 3-year-old son couldn’t get enough of them!


Koulourakia (Greek Braided Cookies)


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup organic sugar

  • 3 egg yoilks

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 4 tablespoons half-and-half

  • 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, untoasted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, or lightly grease.

  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt then set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar with softened butter for 3 minutes until creamy. Beat in 2 egg yolks (one at a time) then add vanilla. Now stir in 3 tablespoons of half-and-half. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

  4. To shape dough into twisted braids: roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll dough out to about 6 inches long. Fold in half then twist two times. Place cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheet.

  5. Beat one egg yolk with one tablespoon of half-and-half. Brush mixture over cookies and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

  7. Allow cookies to cool for two minutes before removing them from the baking sheet. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Makes about 24 cookies.


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