30 min

    These Greek biscuits taste like shortbread but not quite as sweet. The addition of butter, egg yolks and cream make them lovely and rich. Top with sesame seeds before baking for a traditional finish.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 115g butter
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 4 tablespoons single cream, divided
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in 2 of the egg yolks, one at a time. Mix in 3 tablespoons of the cream.
    3. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mix and blend.
    4. To shape the biscuits, pinch off 2.5cm balls of dough and roll each into a long strip. Bring ends together and twist to form a twirled look to each biscuit.
    5. Beat remaining egg yolk with remaining cream and brush lightly over the biscuits; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.

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    Reviews in English (8)


    i am greek, and this recipe is not an authentic take on koulourakia. the consistency is much too sandy, even though i left out 1/4 cup of flour. also, the butter flavor is too strong.  -  10 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was SO easy and delicious. I worked at a Greek restaurant, and these taste just like the owner(Athena) used to make. I used heavy cream instead of half and half. Very easy to twist and shape. The sesame seeds give it that extra flavor.  -  30 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent. My boyfriend is Greek and says that he has had many variations of Koulourakia and this one is one of the best.  -  28 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)