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Braided Easter Greek Cookies Recipe

Easter Greek Cookies

Easter Greek Cookies also know as Koulourakia are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are traditionally made around Easter but also perfect for a church day and festival.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Easter Greek Cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 353kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Egg Brush:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • cup milk


  • In a medium bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add butter to a large bowl and cream it with beaters. Add sugar gradually. Add orange zest.
  • Add eggs one at a time alternating with orange juice. Add vanilla extract.
  • Add flour mix a little bit at a time and mix. You should end up with a soft dough.
  • Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Shape as desired, check blog post for details on how to create the shape.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange cookies on it, 2 inches apart.
  • Whisk egg and milk in a small bowl. Brush cookies with the egg and milk mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.



Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3.5mg