The koulourakia sigma, are the traditional cookies we make in Cyprus with blossom water, which in the Cypriot dialect are called “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 although they still taste great, they are not the same.
If you cannot find spry, 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 are spry, sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, brandy and citrus orange blossom water.
The dough will still sticky at the hands but you should not add more flour as they will become hard and difficult to pipe, with the star shaped tip.
The recipe makes about 90 cookies 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!
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!