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Koulourakia Paschalina (Greek Easter Cookies)

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Paschalina koulourakia are Greek Easter Traditional Cookies, which  are usually prepared a few days before Easter.   Like most cookie recipes, this one as well has a lot of variations. In others they add orange juice and orange rind, in others they do not add ammonia carbonate of baking soda, in others they add almonds, in others they add sesame seeds etc.

Traditionally, these cookies were not made  in Cyprus as we make flaounes for Easter but the last decades with the use of the internet there is no single Greek recipe which they do not make in Cyprus.

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Most of the traditional Greek desserts like these koulourakia or tsourekia I learned to make them here in Greece and the recipes were given to me by my husband’s family.  I made a minor change to their recipe and added butter instead of oil and the taste was much better.

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Koulourakia Paschalina (Greek Easter Cookies)

Preparation time: 20 Minutes

Baking time:  20 – 25 minutes

They yield about 70 cookies


  • 650 grams all purpose flour
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 yolks
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 150 grams butter
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon or 15 grams of ammonia carbonate of baking soda (White Leavening Agent)
  • 1/4 cup milk

Sesame seeds


  1. Separate the egg white and beat three of them into meringue. Remove meringue in another bowl and cream the butter with sugar until white and fluffy. Add five of the egg yolks (one will be used to glaze the cookies on top). Add the brandy, the baking soda dissolved in the lemon juice, the ammonia dissolved in the milk and finally add meringue and flour by turns.
  2. Before making cookies, place the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour. Shape them into cords and cut them about three inches and form into various shapes or you can also cut them with molds, so that the children can help. Some shapes you can make are the classical round ones, spiral shapes, S shape, 8 shape or the Greek gamma γ shape. They must be small because when baked they double in size.  Put them on a baking  tin lined with parchment paper spaced apart.
  3. When they are ready, add a spoonful of milk to the egg yolk and mix them together.  Brush the cookies with the egg wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  4. Preheat oven to 180ο C and l bake them for  20 – 25 minutes depending on your oven. Cool and store in an air tight bowl.


Don’t worry about the leftover egg whites. You can freeze them or prepare the base for a Pavlova, of my Pecan Cookies dessert or you can place them in ice cubes to freeze them and use at a later stage.

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Manina, of Manina’s Cooking,, informed me that I was one of the five lucky winners to win Marcus Wareing’s fantastic cookbook, with my entry Pecan Cookies dessert and my One Perfect Ingredient which was whipped cream. I am very excited and look forward to receiving it soon.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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10 Responses

  1. Peter G

    There are so many versions of these Ivy. I like them with sousami on top and I once had some that had a small amount of ouzo in them. They were delicious. I’m planning on making some tsourekia as well this easter.

  2. Cynthia

    You are a kind soul. Even though you are so busy, you take the time to share with us. Happy Easter!

  3. Laurie Constantino

    Congrats on your prize – I’m glad to see your hard work on the blog rewarded. I agree with you 1000% about using butter.

  4. Bellini Valli

    First of all congratulations on winning the book Sis. I’ll look forward to a recipe or two when you get the chance.I have tried these cookies in Athens or perhaps something similar. Traditional for Easter but perfect anytime:D

  5. Pixie

    Congrats on the Book! and these look enticing!

  6. Emiline

    Well, I’m quite the fan of cookies.
    These look terrific!

  7. Ivy

    Thanks everybody for visiting. I surely will be sharing some of these recipes when the book arrives.

  8. Cakelaw

    Congratulations Ivy! Bikkies with brandy and lemon sound pretty special to me.

  9. Rosie

    Congratulations Ivy on winning the book 🙂 Just loving your cookies!!

    Rosie x

  10. Núria

    Hey Ivy, congratulations on the book prize!!! How exciting 😀

    Your cookies look great, girl! You don’t have to buy them to have your family happy 😉