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Koulourakia Pasxalina: A Traditional Greek Easter Cookies Recipe

Easter is Greeks’ greatest religious holiday. Contrary to other Western countries that may celebrate more on Christmas, Greeks celebrate more on Easter. This may be the result of the fact that the Greeks invented drama and tragedy and as a result, it is in their national DNA to connect easier with tragic situations rather with joyful ones. However, we enjoy this holiday also for another reason: Greek Easter is all about food and desserts! As a result, Greeks may be talking one month before Easter about the food and desserts they will cook. Being no exception to the rule, I am already planning my food and desserts for the upcoming Holy Days. At top of my list are these Greek Easter cookies which happen to be my one of favorite ones. We call them koulourakia pasxalina (κουλουράκια πασχαλινά) which means Easter cookies in Greek. Once you taste them, you cannot imagine any Easter without them!

I “stole” this koulourakia pasxalina recipe from my mother. I still remember with nostalgia how wonderful our home smelt every time she was baking them. Fortunately, she still makes them every Easter now for her grandchildren! Last time she made them, my kids helped her with the kneading and as they gave them the shape they wanted, they really enjoyed the whole process. Koulourakia pasxalina are crispy and leave a delightful aroma in your mouth. So delicious, I can eat them any time of the year. In addition to that, they are really easy to prepare and this makes them an excellent treat for your friends and family! This koulourakia pasxalina recipe, which gives around 40 to 50 pieces, takes around 1½ to prepare and around 30 minutes to bake. Get ready for the easiest and most fun to make Greek Easter cookies recipe!

Greek Easter Cookies

Greek Easter Cookies (Koulourakia Pasxalina) Recipe – Ingredients

  • 550 – 600 g of all-purpose flour
  • 250 g of butter
  • ¾ of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ of baking ammonia
  • Some milk
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Salt

Greek Easter Cookies (Koulourakia Pasxalina) Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this koulourakia pasxalina recipe by taking a bowl and sift the flour. Mix it with baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  2. Dissolve baking ammonia into milk.
  3. Take butter out the refrigerator.
  4. Immediately cut butter into pieces.
  5. Put butter in food mixer machine and add sugar.
  6. Mix butter and sugar until these ingredients become fluffy.
  7. Add eggs and continue mixing. Slowly add the flour and the dissolved ammonia.
  8. Mix until it forms a soft dough.
  9. If the dough is sticky, put it just for a while in the fridge.
  10. Make koulourakia pasxalina into whatever shape you want.
  11. Brush cookies with some egg if you want to give them a shiny look.
  12. Pre-heat oven to 170-180 °C degrees.
  13. Take a baking pan and cover it with some non-stick baking paper.
  14. Bake koulourakia pasxalina until they get a golden brown look for around 20 – 30 minutes.
  15. Allow koulourakia pasxalina to cool down to room temperature.
  16. Ready to serve!

You can preserve koulourakia pasxalina for many days if you keep them in well-sealed biscuits box. If you enjoyed these Greek Easter cookies, check out my blog for more Greek dessert recipes! Happy Easter everyone!

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