Monday, August 6, 2012

Koulourakia





My brother-in-law and family came back to the United States to visit after four years of being away.  They live in Guam, which is halfway around the world from us. My sister-in-law, Liz, is Greek, so my younger daughter and I made her some koulourakia.  Koulorakia are lightly sweetened cookies or biscuits -- they seem to me a slightly softer version of Italian biscotti.

I went online and used a recipe from food.com, http://greek.food.com/recipe/sesame-greek-easter-cookies-koulourakia-4313.  I halved the recipe and made over 50 3-inch cookies.

I used a chopstick as my ruler to make each cookie.
The dough come out soft and pliable.  I took chunks of the dough, rolled it with my hands into long ropes and then cut them down into about 7-inch pieces.  Each piece I would fold in half and twist a few times around. Christina would brush them with egg wash and sprinkle them with white sesame seeds.

After 12 minutes at 375 degrees F, the cookies were lightly browned and done. Liz declared them, "perfect."