Koulourakia are crispy and tender, orange-scented Greek Butter Cookies that are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
[warning] These cookies are ADDICTIVE. Not kidding. Don’t be shocked in you find yourself reaching for a second and then a third … and another to go with your morning coffee … and another for your afternoon tea, and one more right before bed.
Koulourakia are Greek butter cookies with hints of orange and vanilla. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. They are very popular around Easter time, but in my family we also make them for Christmas. And birthdays. And name days. And well, pretty much all year round.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs + 1 egg for egg wash
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tbsp brandy
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- zest of 1 orange
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, in the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment.
- Add 2 eggs, orange juice, brandy, vanilla, and zest. Beat until well incorporated, scraping down sides as needed.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, a cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat on medium speed, about 1 minute, until a dough forms.
- Break off a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a long rope-like shape, fold in half and twist. Place the cookies on prepared baking sheet.
- Once all of the cookies have been shaped, beat the egg in a small bowl and lightly brush on top of the cookies.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Store cookies in an air tight container.