- Unsalted butter 1-pound
- Sugar 1 1/2 cups • 470 kcal
- Eggs 6 (reserve 2 for brushing cookies) • 130 kcal
- Baking powder 6 teaspoon • 156 kcal
- Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
- All-purpose flour 4 cups
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
- Ouzo (Greek aniseed flavored spirit) 2 ounces
- Sesame seeds (optional)
These Greek cookies are called koulourakia and are great eaten with a cup of good coffee. They are generally made and eaten around Easter time in Greece, and they contain ouzo, an aniseed-flavored Greek alcoholic drink.
The dough is molded into shapes, sprinkled with sesame seeds, then baked in the oven for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 F/160 C fan/gas mark 4.
Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla extract and ouzo and mix well.
While the mixer is running, add eggs one by one and mix until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and soda.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture little by little. The dough should be soft and pliable, but it should not be sticky.
You should be able to pinch off a ball of dough and roll it into a cord or thin tube. If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Allow the dough to rest a bit before rolling into shapes.
To shape the cookies, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut.
Roll out a cord or thin tube of dough about the length of a dinner knife.
Fold in half then twist two times. You can also make spirals with the dough.
Beat the remaining two eggs in a bowl and add a splash of water to the egg.
Brush the cookies lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
Bake cookies on parchment paper or on a lightly-greased cookie sheet for approximately 20 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!