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Greek Holiday Cookies

These buttery golden twists are a traditional treat in Greece, where they are usually made for Easter and other celebrations. I enjoy making these Greek cookies to keep me in touch with my heritage.—Nicole Moskou, New York, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 6-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add 2 eggs; beat well. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll dough into 1-1/4-in. balls. Shape each into a 6-in. rope; fold in half and twist twice. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • In a small bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs; brush over dough. Bake at 350° for 7-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These Greek cookies are just one of the many unique European Christmas cookies we've tested. Other favorites include the Italian Christmas cookies and the German ones too.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 each: 157 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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    • eval8321
      Mar 3, 2018

      These are delicious! They are exactly how my grandma and her friends make them, and they're from Greece! Sprinkle sesame seeds over them and they're even BETTER! Also, these should be crumbly like make a mess crumbly, not soft, so I don't know what diannacrock is talking about. Also, the name in Greek is koulourakia.

    • khegeman
      Feb 17, 2018

      They look more like rolls than cookies, but they are delicious.

    • solar0209
      Dec 23, 2011

      My husband is Greek and LOVES when his grandmother makes these. I tried out this recipe for him - VERY pleased with the results; he said they're just as good as hers! I put a little red and green sprinkle-sugar on the before baking (just like Yia Yia does), since I made them for Christmas. Cookies are not too sweet, kind of like a shortbread but not as hard/dry.

    • hholmquist
      Jan 19, 2010

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    • FriedaG
      Jan 17, 2010

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    • diannacrock
      Oct 13, 2009

      I love these cookies!! They are best right from the oven. I use real butter with these. They are a soft cookie and will stay that way.

    • ellencoppins
      Dec 26, 2007

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