After a bread and pastry, here is a Greek cookie for this week’s picnic hamper theme. It is so usual to buy a box of cookies when going for a picnic. I used to take two or three varieties of biscuit packs for Sruti whenever we go out. How about home made cookies instead of store bought packs? I am sure they are free of all those chemicals they use in commercial cookies and they taste so delicious too. Before starting baking, I used to love the store bought cookie boxes. But after getting to know the taste of home made cookies, I have started the taste of those huge boxes of cookies. They are so sugary, have a chemical smell and are really disgusting and they are quite expensive too. How many of you feel that way. Nowadays, I have stopped buying cookies for Sruti. If ever she is having cookies, it would be made my her mom only.
I have made a savoury cookie with this same shape but this one is sweet. Made with so much butter, these are so tasty, melts in the mouth and are so buttery. And these are traditionally made with eggs too. As usual I have converted it into an eggless recipe. The original recipe also used baking ammonia as the leavening agent which creates the authentic version. But as it is not available here, I used baking powder after a long search for a substitute. For Easter, the whole family comes together in shaping the cookies which makes it a fun celebration. Just like how we help mom with all those Diwali sweets and snacks.
Recipe Source: My Greek Dish
Makes 15 Cookies
Butter – 60 gm
Sugar – 1/3 cup
Baking Powder – 1/3 tsp
Milk – 1/4 cup + 2 tbs
Vanilla – 1 tsp
Orange Zest – 1/2 tsp
Flour – 2 cups
In a bowl combine together butter, sugar, vanilla and orange zest.
Beat it for 5 minutes until creamy.
Now add the baking powder, milk and flour and mix to form a soft dough. If needed add 1 or 2 teaspoons of milk to bring the dough together.
Cover and set it aside for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Divide the dough into 15 equal portions.
Roll each into a long rope.
Now fold it into half and twist it to make the koulourakia.
Arrange all on a greased baking tray.
Apply a milk wash on the cookies.
Bake them in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
Cool on wire rack and store in airtight jar and enjoy them on your picnics.