Greek Easter Cookies


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Along with spring comes also Easter! In Greece Easter is as important as Christmas, perhaps even more. For the Greek Orthodox Church the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate during Easter, is the very foundation of our faith. It symbolizes the sacrifice of the Man in order to save the world. It also shows that Christ was the Son of God since He resurrected and went beside His Father.

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During the Holy Week people go to church to participate to the Divine drama. It is during this week that the housewives dye eggs, make cookies and tsoureki for the festive table at midnight on Easter Saturday and for lunch at Easter Sunday.

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Since I will be working until Thursday, I had to expedite a little things up, so I made my cookies and my tsoureki yesterday.

The recipe for the tsoureki you will find it here.

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As far as the cookies are concerned, this year I used the recipe from Stelios Parliaros a very famous Greek pastry chef. His recipes are very precise and have never let me down neither in taste nor in easiness of implementation. These cookies are so crunchy and tasty, I had to stop myself from eating them all. They are extremely easy and if you want to experiment with something new in taste, then do consider making them. You will get a taste of the Greek Easter.

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Today is also my birthday! So, these cookies are my treat to you for celebrating the event. Birthday cake will be following so don’t get too stuffed with these cookies!

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Greek Easter Cookies

Ingredients

400 gr./14 oz. all-purpose flour

200 gr./7 oz. butter (in this case I used real butter and not margarine)

130 gr./4.5 oz. caster sugar

1 egg

40 gr./1.5 oz.  full fat milk

40 gr./1.5 oz. extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp baking powder

1 egg for brushing them on top

Brown sugar for decoration

 

Instructions

Let the butter come at room temperature.

Mix everything in the mixer with the paddle until just incorporated. Don’t over mix or the dough will become stiff.

Put the dough in the fridge to rest and get cold.

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Place parchment in a pan and make the cookies.

Brush them with the egg beaten with a few drops of water.

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Sprinkle with crystalized brown sugar or mastic.

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Bake in a preheated oven at 150° C/300° F to 160° C/320° F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they take a nice golden color.

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I am sending this to Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen, Around My Kitchen Table and Sugar Me Up hosted by Wendy!

4.9 from 9 reviews

Greek Easter Cookies
 
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Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Cookies
Serves: All the good ones (about 50 small)

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 400 gr./14 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 200 gr./7 oz. butter (in this case I used real butter and not margarine)
  • 130 gr./4.5 oz. caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 40 gr./1.5 oz. full fat milk
  • 40 gr./1.5 oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg for brushing them on top
  • Brown sugar for decoration

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Let the butter come at room temperature.
  2. Mix everything in the mixer with the paddle until just incorporated. Don’t over mix or the dough will become stiff.
  3. Put the dough in the fridge to rest and get cold.
  4. Place parchment in a pan and make the cookies.
  5. Brush them with the egg beaten with a few drops of water.
  6. Sprinkle with crystalized brown sugar or mastic.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 150° C/300° F to 160° C/320° F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they take a nice golden color.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe by Stelios Parliaros

67 Responses to Greek Easter Cookies

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  1. First time hear neat space !! Love the step by step pix of the cookies

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  3. Kirsten says:

    Gorgeous cookies! Our Greek neighbors used to make & share cookies like these with us every year for Easter. Since we’ve moved, I’m glad to have a recipe to try at home.

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  5. Susan says:

    Just beautiful! I was lucky enough to spend 2 Easters in Greece when I was a teenager – these really bring back memories!

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  8. Kathy says:

    These cookies look fabulous! I love this type of cookie…perfect for a snack or with my cup of tea! Beautiful bread!
    Happy Birthday, Katerina! This has been a huge birthday month in my family too! My son and my granddaughter! Lovely photos!

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  10. Elaine says:

    Both your cookies and bread look fabulous. I have not had either one, so I would love ro make them. I hope you had a lovely Easter and birthday.

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  12. Marina says:

    Happy Birthday (belated)! All good people were born in April, right?! :) Did you celebrate Easter on April 8th? or with orthodox church on the 15th?

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  14. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today….http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/2012/04/feed-your-soul-5/ (anything food related) and http://everydaymomcakes.com/sugar-me-up-5/ (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

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  16. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    What a lovely presentation for your Greek Easter Cookies! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  18. Feliz cumpleaños amiga que recibas muchas bendiciones..lindo pan de pascua lucen absolutamente bellos y ricos ,gran trabajo paso a paso lo haré te pediré ayuda,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  20. Easter is fairly new holiday to me as we don’t celebrate in Japan, but learned about it more after kids started to go to school (and we live in the US). Seems like Greek is less commercialized than the US, and it was nice to know more about it from you. I love the cookies – cute shape and looks really delicious.

    Happy belated birthday too! I hope you had a wonderful b-day/Easter. =)

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  22. Beautiful bread and cookies. Hope you had a lovely Easter!

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  24. Lana says:

    Will most certainly make these cookies. Simple and straight forward…just the way I like a recipe to be!

    Love the camera angle you are using for some of your “action” shots. Are you using a tripod?

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  26. Z. says:

    Ευχές πολλές για μιαν Όμορφη Ανοιξιάτικη Πασχαλιά, με την οικογένειά σου και τους αγαπημένους σου ανθρώπους!

    Φιλιά Κατερίνα μου.
    Ζ.

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  28. mia maria says:

    Καθυστερημένα χρόνια πολλά Κατερίνα! Να τα εκατοστήσεις και να χαίρεσαι την οικογένεια σου! Τα κουλουράκια σου φαίνονται υπέροχα και του χρόνου με υγεία!
    Σου εύχομαι να περάσεις ένα Χαρούμενο Πάσχα:)

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  30. Namitha says:

    Belated happy birthday ! Hope you had a blissful Easter ! These cookies look beautiful !

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  32. Kristen says:

    I hope you had a lovely Easter and birthday, too.

    I love the twists in those cookies. They look so tasty in your photos.

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  34. These look really tasty! I don’t know why I didn’t get the update for your blog. Hmm…

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  36. Happy Birthday to you. Gorgeous cookies and love the step by step photos. With full fat milk and real butter these little cookies I am sure are heavenly. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

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  38. Sammie says:

    Happy Birthday Katarina!! Loving your easter cookies!! I’m always a huge fan of Greek recipes and this is no exception!!! and that tsoureki looks absolutely PERFECT.. drool…..

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  40. Happy Birthday! these cookies are beautiful! and i bet they are super delicious :)

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  42. Happy birthday! Your cookies are so beautiful. I hope you had a fun celebration!

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  44. Cucina49 says:

    Katerina, these are just stunning–they look particularly beautiful in the glass! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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  46. Beautiful Easter cookies…I’m sure they’re delicious too!
    Belated birthday greetings to you, Katerina! Hope you had a wonderful celebration. April 9 is also my daughter’s birthday. :)

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  48. recipeland says:

    These Easter cookies look beautiful, and the step by step photos certainly help me understand how to do the twist and easy to follow. Thanks for the great recipes with step by step photos :)

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  50. Joanne says:

    Crazy coincidence – the guy I’m dating is Greek and he actually informed me yesterday that when I go over to his place today we’re going to have an easter cookie tasting party because his yiayia just made these! You’ve made me even more excited than I already was because these look great!

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  52. Loveforfood says:

    The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

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  54. Liz says:

    Belated birthday wishes, my friend! Your cookies are just beautiful!

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  56. Sutapa says:

    Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones dear friend!
    A Very Very Happy Birthday Katerina… I hope your birthday was as special as you are!
    Very delicious crunchy Easter cookies!

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  58. Happy Belated Birthday! I have had these cookies before and they are so tasty!

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  60. Sanjeeta kk says:

    I like these twisted cookies..such easy and fun way to bake cookies!

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  62. Reeni says:

    Happy Belated Birthday my dear Katerina! Hope your day was blessed! Your cookies are gorgeous! I would love to try them.

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  64. Eliot says:

    These cookies look oh so delicate and delicious!

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  66. Your Easter cookies look delicious – a lovely holiday treat!

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  68. Those cookies look great – I like the braided cookies, they look cute and delicious!

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  70. Miriam says:

    What beautiful cookies! The recipe sounds absolutely divine. I hope your Easter was completely happy and beautiful! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  72. Ria says:

    Happy Birthday my friend! I have never heard of these cookies before Katerina; they look so good. Hope you and your family have a lovely Easter; you told me you celebrate this coming weekend.
    Rita

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  74. Rebecca says:

    Looks delish as does everything you make. Also Happy Birthday Katerina,I hope you had a wonderful day and maybe even went out and let someone else do the cooking..;) I always enjoy reading about daily life there especially holiday celebrations!!

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  76. Teena says:

    Perfectly made & looks really yum!!!! Loved the detailed pics too :)

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  78. Corina says:

    These look really good. Happy Birthday too!

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  80. Kate says:

    Gorgeous cookies

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  82. Ranjani says:

    Pretty cookies! And happy birthday =)

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  84. Shannon says:

    happy birthday!! i would love to try that tsoureki and these cookies :) they look amazing!

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  86. Όμορφα τα κουλουράκια σου Κατερίνα μου και μου αρέσει που δεν περιέχουν πολλά αυγά!
    Καλή Μεγάλη εβδομάδα να έχουμε!
    Φιλιά!

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  88. Ambreen says:

    Delicious & tempting cookies, looks fabulous. Hope you had a Happy Easter. Happy Birthday Katerina! Wishing you many more happy years to come!

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  90. gloria says:

    Happy birthday dear Katerina and I love your easter cookies look awesome I love the bread too, I will see the recipe:)

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  92. Claire says:

    Yum!! I hope you had a great birthday!! May this be the best year for you yet!

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  94. Mari says:

    Χρόνια πολλά Κατερίνα και του χρόνου να είσαι καλά, γειά στα χέρια σου.
    Καλό Πάσχα, φιλιά.

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  96. Julie M. says:

    Happy Birthday Katerina! I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating. These cookies look like a perfect tribute to Easter. I’m adding them to my “must make” list pronto!

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  98. April says:

    Looking at those makes me happy! How cool!

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  100. Kiri W. says:

    I love the shape – very pretty :) Sounds like a delicious recipe!

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  102. Ola says:

    Better late than never:) Happy birthday! and additionally Happy Easter to you and your Family!

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  104. LinsFood says:

    Happy Birthday! I remember having something similar on my holidays in Greece, I’ve never used olive oil for a sweet baked good before!

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  107. Happy Birthday, Katerina! Hope you had a terrific day! Your cookies look delicious, I’d love a few of them. Hope you and your family had a very happy Easter.

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  109. sally says:

    Happy Birthday and Happy Easter! I hope you have a wonderful week. These cookies look great too!

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  111. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου χρόνια σου πολλά να τα εκατοστήσεις να σαι πάντα ευτυχισμένη, γερή και συνεχώς δημιουργική!!!Τα κουλουράκια είναι τέλεια!!!Και του χρόνου με υγεία!!!
    Πολλά φιλιά!!!

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  113. Juliana says:

    First, Happy Birthday my dear! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend with your family :)
    These Easter cookies look great, like how you twisted them…
    Have a wonderful week ahead and again, Happy Birthday :)

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  115. Sissi says:

    Happy Birthday, Katerina! I am so happy to discover a bit of Greek cuisine once more! These cookies look fabulous.

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  117. Margarita says:

    Happy Birthday Katerina! Hope you have a good one! These cookies look so good and I’m glad they seem easy to make too!

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  119. aarthi says:

    Cookie looks awesome

    Aarthi
    YUMMY TUMMY

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  121. Beth says:

    Happy birthday, and happy Easter! Your cookies look yummy.

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  123. Happy birthday! You did prepare you some tasty cookies to celebrate I see. I really do like the looks of these as well as the described texture. Based on that I have saved the recipe. This is the first cookie recipe I have seen with a brown sugar topping, not sure why because I am sure it lends such a toasty delicious coating to the cookie. Well done!

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  125. Jeannie says:

    Happy Birthday to you Katerina, and what lovely cookies you’ve made. Love the way you shaped them, look so cute! I still love that loaf of tsoureki of yours and I can’t stop admiring your red eggs! Hope you have a very happy Easter too!

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  127. The cookies look beautiful. I hope you will have a Happy Easter with your family and friends.

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  129. Faith says:

    Happy Birthday, Katerina! I hope you have a fabulous day, my friend. These cookies are beautiful!

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  131. Asmita says:

    These Easter cookies look wonderful and I love the step by step method.

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