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Greek Easter Cookies Recipe

Here's how to make Authentic Greek Easter Koulourakia. That are buttery, crumbly, and full of aromas!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 38
Calories: 127kcal


For The Cookies:

  • 300 grams / 10.6 oz butter at room temperature
  • 200 grams / 7 oz sugar
  • 150 grams / 5.3 0z eggs
  • 100 ml milk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ orange zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 700 grams / 1lb + 8.6 oz all purpose flour
  • 2 grams (a generous pinch) salt
  • 10 grams / 0.3 baking powder
  • 7 grams / 0.2 oz mahleb powder

For the egg wash:

  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


Making the cookie dough:

  • In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and Mahlep powder. Set aside.
  • Cut butter into small pieces and add to your mixer bowl. Cream butter with sugar over medium speed (about 5 minutes).
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
    Beat Eggs In Butter
  • In a small bowl dissolve baking soda in milk and add to the mixture.
  • Add the vanilla extract and orange zest.
  • Reduce speed to slow while you add the flour mixture.
  • By now you should have fluffy and soft cookie dough.
  • Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
    Cover Dough With Plastic Wrap

Kneading the cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F. Lay a piece of parchment paper on your oven trays.
  • Take a small piece of the cookie dough. (It should be about 40 grams or 1 full tablespoon) Give it a squeeze in your hand and form a ball first.
    Cookie Dough Piece
  • Start kneading the ball gently, to a long cord, using mostly the tips of your fingers. (about 24 cm long).
    Kneading Cookies
  • Make the cookie, in any shape you like from the ones I show you in the text above. Or choose one out of your own imagination (that's the fun of it).
  • Fill the trays leaving about 1 cm space between the cookies.
    Making Greek Easter Cookies
  • Whisk egg with water and brush each cookie.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the cookies get a nice golden brown color.
    Koulourakia Pasxalina


-The cooler the cookie dough the easier it will be for you to knead the cookies. Otherwise, they may crumble.
-Knead gently and evenly by using mostly the tips of your hands.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5g