Easter butter Cookies (koulourakia paschalina)

Easter butter cookies are traditionally made during Easter in Greece and they are very good :-) This recipe contains more ingredients than usually, and it’s special because it produces the best koulourakia ever :-) Try to make them also outside Easter festivities, they are wonderful with a coffee or tea, and deserve to be eaten more often during the year ;-)

In two words:

“Enemy arms lost their power forever, and you have destroyed their cities. Their memory has perished with a great noise; but the Lord lives forever”.

To Start...

difficulty easy
preparation– 30’
cooking - 30’ – 35’
serves - 16 big cookies


  • 125gr of soft unsalted butter
  • 65gr of caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of egg
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ orange zest
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cognac
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 250gr of all-purpose flour + a little bit more


before starting

  • The day before (or several hours before) take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften it

for the koulourakia

  • Preheat the oven at 180°C
  • In a bowl, add:
    • the flour
    • the baking powder
  • Stir everything together with a whisk
  • Beat the remaining egg as an omelet
  • Start beating the butter with an electric hand mixer
  • Add the sugar and continue beating
  • Add the egg and continue beating
  • Add the vanilla extract and continue beating
  • Add the orange juice and continue beating
  • Add the cognac and continue beating
  • Add the orange zest and continue beating
  • Add the flour by batches, and continue beating after each addition; at the end you will be forced to work the dough with your hands (you should not manipulate it a lot though), there should be enough flour in the dough as to be able to form the cookies
  • Place some parchment paper on top of a tray going into the oven
  • Take some dough in your hands and form a long strip
  • For the biscuits in the form of two circles: fold the two edges of the cord towards the center and continue to fold until they touch each other, at the end you will have two folded circles
  • For the biscuits in the form of braid: form a small braid with the strip of dough
  • Place the biscuits one by one onto the tray and be careful to leave some space between them because they grow during baking
  • Spread some egg with a baking brush on top of each cookie
  • Bake for 30’-35’
  • Delicious!
  • :-)

What’s the story behind this recipe?

These cookies are prepared during the Holy Week for Easter  We call them koulourakia paschalina  or κουλουράκια Πασχαλινά :-)There are plenty of recipes but this one is my favorite :-) The cookies have a nice texture and we can smell and taste the different ingredients :-) The recipe comes from Mrs Ismini who is a neighbor in Greece, and makes the best koulourakia que j’aies jamais mangés !


The recipe of Mrs Ismini my neighbor in Greece :-)

o-o C'est si bon ! o-o

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