Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookies)

After 40 days of fasting, these traditional cookies are a welcomed favorite. People can’t wait for this annual treat!

The word kouloura means anything baked made in a circular loop shape such as bread or cookies. As with the other Greek Easter dishes, the braiding and twisting styles are determined by where you learned and who taught. It takes lots of practice to get it right and is a highly personal display. The twist and shape of these cookies are hotly contested among their makers, all insisting that they do it better than all the rest. Imagine that, Greek women arguing over who makes better cookies.


Print Recipe
Serves: 50 Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ lb of sweet butter
  • 1 ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 ½ cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoon of sesame seeds



First cream the butter, then add vanilla, eggs, sugar.


Add baking powder, and sesame seeds, and mix well.


When it is creamy combine the flour, you may need to add more if the dough is still sticky!


Shape into small braids and brush them with egg wash.


Add sesame seeds on the top if desired.


Bake at 350 until golden brown

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