Greek Easter Koulourakia (Cookies)
Sunday, 05 April 2015 00:29
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 1/4 sticks crisco or vegetable baking sticks
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (lemon or almond extract could be substituted)
  5. 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  6. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 5 cups flour
  8. egg wash
  9. Jimmies, sprinkles, colored decorating sugars or sesame seeds
  1. In an electric mixer, mix together butter and Crisco until whipped.
  2. Add eggs and extract.
  3. Blend in confectioner's sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together baking powder and flour.
  5. Slowly add to butter mixture.
  6. Dough should be workable but not too sticky.
  7. Roll out dough on to floured surface and braid.
  8. (Make and practice a few braids too!)
  9. Place on cookie sheet, brush with egg wash and decorate with sesame seeds, sprinkles and sugars.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes until lightly golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.