These are the traditional cookies we make in Cyprus and call them “koulourouthkia” and sometimes koulourouthkia sigma. The letter sigma is the only letter in the Greek alphabet which has three forms: capital, small and ending “S” (Σ σ ς), so they are shaped like an end s.
In Cyprus we make these cookies with Spry Vegetable shortening. As you can read in Wikipedia although this producted has stopped being produced in most countries, in Cyprus it is still being produced. I can’t find spry in Greece, so whenever I go to Cyprus I bring some with me especially for these cookies, which my children love.
I have tried making them using butter but they are not the same. I won’t suggest another brand but I believe that using any kind of vegetable shortening will give the same result.
The ingredients to make the cookies is spry, sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, brandy and bitter orange blossom water.
The dough is still sticky at the hands and they are piped using a star shaped tip.
The recipe in the cookbook makes about 90 but don’t worry that they are too much. Put them in an air tight container and keep them as long as you like. These get better and better as they age.
They are so addictive that they will not last for long.
The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!