Koulourakia – Greek Butter Cookies

Koulourakia are traditional Greek butter cookies flavored with orange, vanilla, and brandy. Traditionally made around Easter, these cookies are crispy with a tender crumb and go perfect with a cup of coffee!


flour baking powder salt butter sugar eggs vanilla extract orange juice brandy orange zest

Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder,, and salt.


Cream Butter

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar for about 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.


Add Eggs

Next, add the eggs and beat for another 2 minutes until well combined and the mixture is creamy.


Add Flavorings

Add the vanilla extract, orange juice, brandy, and orange zest. Mix until combined.


Add Dry Ingredients

Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. The mixture may seem crumbly at first, but will come together into a soft dough.


Form Cookies

Divide the dough into 26 portions. Then roll each portion into 7-inch ropes. Fold in half, and twist the rope.


Egg Wash

Place the shaped cookies on parchment lined baking sheets and brush with egg wash.



Bake the cookies until they are golden brown. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks.