Koulouria (Greek Sesame Cookie Twists)

Koulouria (Greek Sesame Cookie Twists)

These delicious, lightly sweetened cookies are perfect for dunking in coffee or tea. But beware…one is never enough!

Ingredients

Cookie:

Greek Sesame Cookie Twist
Greek Sesame Cookie Twist
  • 1 ¾ cups butter (3 ½ cubes)
  • 1-cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 cups flour

Topping:

  • 1 ½ cups sesame seeds
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon sugar

Directions

  1. Using electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.
  3. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, blending well. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time if dough is too dry. Dough should be pliable but very dense.
  4. Scoop out portions of dough about the size of a small lemon.
  5. Roll into 8–10 inch thin, long ropes. Ropes should be no thicker than a pencil or a woman’s “pinkie” finger. Shape into twists. 
  6. Dip tops of twists in bowl of sesame seeds; shake off excess seeds.
  7. Place twists on greased cookie sheet.
  8. Combine beaten egg yolk, 2 teaspoons milk, and ½ teaspoon sugar.
  9. Brush/dab each twist with egg yolk mixture.
  10. Bake at 350° for 20–25 minutes; tops should be a light, toasty brown. Be careful not to over brown or burn the cookies.
  11. Cool thoroughly; store in airtight container.

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