Zesty Delights: Crafting Koulourakia Portokaliou - A Delicious Greek Orange Cookies Recipe

 Koulourakia portokaliou (or portokalokouloura) is the name of the traditional Greek orange cookies. The zesty orange peel delightedly flavors these cookies making them one of the favorite cookies for your kids (and not only them)! 

This orange cookie recipe requires the following ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, whiskey, vanilla, orange zest, baking powder, and sugar. 

koulourakia portokaliou - Greek orange cookies

Koulourakia Portokaliou - Ingredients 

  • 1 pound of butter
  • 375 g of sugar
  • 9 eggs
  • 1-ounce of whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • The zest of a large orange
  • 2 kg of flour
  • 8 teaspoons of baking powder

Koulourakia Portokaliou - How to Make

  1. Start this traditional Greek orange cookie recipe by mixing butter and sugar together for 10 minutes. 
  2. Add 8 eggs, one at a time, beating well. 
  3. Add whiskey, vanilla, and orange rind and blend thoroughly. 
  4. Sift baking powder with flour. Add a little at a time to creamed mixture and blend by
  5. hand. 
  6. If the dough is too soft to handle, add another 2 tablespoons of flour. 
  7. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into rope and shape them into a ring. 
  8. Place on greased cookie sheets. 
  9. Beat the remaining egg yolk slightly with a little water added and brush the cookie tops. 
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

I like eating koulourakia portokaliou when I drink my Greek coffee. Orange as a flavor is used in many Greek desserts just like this vasipolita with orange recipe. Enjoy!