Friday, April 13, 2012

Koulourakia - Greek Butter Cookies

For the second week in a row I decided to bake some Easter treats!

These delicious and not-too-sweet butter cookies are called koulourakia in Greek and are served at Christmas and Easter.  Traditionally, the recipe calls for sesame seeds, but if you don't have them on hand (like me) you can make them without.

I used this recipe, but baked my cookies at 350 for about 17 minutes.

For a different recipe (and to see some technique) watch this video from the awesome ladies of D.C. Cupcakes:

- To ensure they cook evenly, don't make your cookies too large or thick when rolling them out.
- Don't under-bake these!  While some desserts taste good (or even better) with a bit less time in the oven, that is not the case here.  Trust me when I say that you want to eat these cooked through and golden brown on top.
- For an added kick of flavor try adding a bit of OJ to the egg wash.
- If you want to make your cookies a bit sweeter add between 1/4 and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

Enjoy these treats and Kalo Pascha to those celebrating this weekend!  XO

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