2012-04-03

Greek Easter Cookies!



 The time is now! I've been busy again, I'm sorry for that I didn’t have the chance to visit your blogs these days. I promise I will, I honestly enjoy reading your posts.
So Easter is here and today I'm giving you the recipe for Greek Easter Cookies. They are easy and fun to make, so don’t hesitate and don’t worry about it.
You won’t see a new post beside this one this week, have fun, relax and see you next week!!

Ingredients (for about 35 - 40 pieces)

200 g butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
The juice of one orange
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mahleb
For coating at the end
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg yolk

How to make

Using a bowl combine together the flours, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, mahleb and soda.
Place the butter with the sugar in a mixer bowl and beat in medium speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
Add the egg yolks, orange juice, vanilla and mix for about 30 seconds more.
Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture until you have a soft and smooth dough.


Cover with plastic and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
When you are ready to make the shapes and form the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a pan with parchment paper.
Divide the dough into two portions and place one in the fridge.
Take a portion of dough in the size of a whole walnut and roll it into a size of pencil rope.
Bring the edges toward you and twist or braid the ends to form this shape.



The other traditional shape is formed by placing together 3 little ropes and pressing the edges to almost form a little boat.



And in the last one, you just roll a rope and enfold it like you see on the picture.



Place the cookies in the pan (leave some place between them), coat them with the egg and milk mixture and bake 15 - 20 minutes.
Continue with the second piece of dough that you have in the fridge.


 Enjoy!!

32 comments:

  1. Designs on the cookies looks wonderfu

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    1. I'm glad you liked them Akheela!

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  2. What beautiful looking cookies and I love the way you have shaped them. I hope you have a wonderful Easter xx

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  3. Wow, the Greeks know how to do some beautiful cookies! Have a blessed Easter, Eri my friend!

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  4. Just beautiful! You make it look so easy!! Hope you have a fantastic Easter~

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzy, I'm glad you liked them!

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  5. Hi Eri,
    Such fantastic cookies. I agree with Lizzy, you make it look so easy. Love it! Have a great Easter.

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  6. If these taste as cool as they look Eri then it's a perfect treat with my morning coffee.

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    1. This is exactly how I enjoy them!

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  7. Wow, lovely Easter cookies! Happy Easter! Wish you a fun Easter!

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  8. Hi Eri, your cookies are so shapely!!They look like the have the perfect "crunch"!Very nicely paired with a cup of Greek coffee...!XOXOXO

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    1. Thank you so much my dearest Xara!

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  9. Your cookies are beautiful. Look yummy too. Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you so much my friend!

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  10. Those are beautiful!!! I love the designs!

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    1. Thank you and welcome Deanna!

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  11. These cookies look beautiful! Nice to "meet" you and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you Biren and welcome!

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  12. I love how they look golden brown, they also look pretty easy and delicious

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    1. thank you for visiting Beti! I'm glad you liked them!

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  13. They really look like fun to make!

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  14. Please no more delicious Easter cookies when I am fasting!

    Administrator,
    GreekFoodShop.com

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  15. Cute shapes and techniques to make cookies! I hope you had a great Easter!

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  16. I love the swirls :) So glad I have some extra mahleb spice left over from some Passover dishes. Can't wait to try these!

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