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Koulourakia Portokaliou: Greek Traditional Orange Cookies

This koulourakia portokaliou recipe comes straight from Mani. As my family descends from that beautiful and rocky place of South Greece, my grandmother and mother used to make these Greek traditional orange cookies quite often! And this is no surprise as koulourakia portokaliou have a truly distinctive taste as orange juice and zest are some of its basic ingredients! To prepare these delights, you need butter, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla extract, eggs, baking soda, Greek yogurt, milk, baking powder, flour, and honey. This koulourakia portokaliou recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and around 40 minutes to bake.

Koulourakia Portokaliou

Koulourakia Portokaliou – Ingredients

  • 250 g of butter (room temperature)
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 200 g of orange juice
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 g of baking soda
  • 80 g of Greek yogurt
  • 10 g of baking powder
  • 1.150 g of flour
  • 20 g of honey

Koulourakia Portokaliou – Instructions

  1. Start making this koulourakia portokaliou recipe by taking a big mixing bowl. Add the butter and sugar and beat ingredients until they are unified and become white.
  2. In another bowl, add the 3 eggs, honey, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and baking soda and whisk well ingredients. Add to mixing bowl.
  3. Take a glass. Add milk, yogurt and baking powder. Stir well until baking powder is well dissolved. Add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add flour slowly and with the help of mixing hooks or your hands make the dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands.
  5. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for one hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).
  7. Take a baking pan and cover it with some baking paper (greaseproof paper).
  8. With your hands give the shape you want to koulourakia portokaliou and place them in the baking pan.
  9. In a bowl, beat an egg and with a cooking brush spread it over the surface of the orange cookies.
  10. Bake for around 20 minutes.
  11. When ready, remove from oven and allow cooling down to room temperature. Once cooled down, place them in an airtight bowl.

You can eat koulourakia portokaliou with a glass of milk in the morning or along with your coffee any time of the day. Stay tuned for more Greek dessert recipes. Enjoy!

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