Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Butter cookies koulourakia is one of the popular snacks, which often appears in Greece during Christmas and Easter. This treat, however, is not served only during the holidays, but quite often guests on Greek tables without any opportunity. Cookies are usually served as an addition to coffee and in this form they work perfectly. Quite often, koulourakia are also served in Greek hotels, where they are served during breakfast.
1. We start the dough preparation by mixing the measured amount of sugar together with 175g of butter and one. Ingredients grind until a uniform cream mass is created.
2. After proper mixing of butter and sugar, add two teaspoons of ground almonds and a skin peeled from one orange. Optionally, you can also add one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients again until a homogeneous consistency is obtained.
3. Gradually add the flour, striving to evenly combine it with the cream mass. We also add half a teaspoon of baking powder. The resulting dough should be easy to mold and be quite plastic.
5. A bit of dough (about one tablespoon) is transferred to the pastry board dusted with flour, and then we form a finger thickness with it. We divide it into 2 or 3 sections with a length of about 10 cm.
6. Transfer the ready-made rolls to the baking tray covered with baking paper, and then shape into a loose S letter, the ends of which are not tightly pressed to the middle part. Greek cookies form in a few different ways, but usually their shape should resemble a curled or creepy snake. Koulourakia can be decorated with powdered almond flakes.
7. During baking, the dough tends to grow, so remember to keep the right distance between the cakes in succession.
8. Put the baking pan ready for baking in the oven preheated to 180'C. Bake cookies for about 15-20 minutes to obtain a golden color. Depending on the oven used, this time may be slightly longer or shorter, so it is worth checking the baking process during the first baking.
9. Put the baked cookies on a metal grid and leave to cool.
We store Koulourakia in an airtight closed container in which they can be kept for a relatively long time (if you do not eat them earlier).
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