All posts tagged: easter

Georgiann’s Koulourakia

Koulourakia comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Some bakers turn their dough into playful circles, braids, or serpentines, and some twist their koulourakia so precisely it looks like a machine pumped them out. Depending on the baker or family recipe, koulourakia is infused with anise, vanilla, orange or lemon zest. And some are left plain with simply the mixings of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. No matter how they’re prepared, koulourakia makes a perfect companion with a cup of coffee. My cousin, Georgiann Pino Petrogeorge has mastered the art of koulourakia. She and I share the same great-grandmother, Anastasia (Tasia) Patsuris. Our yiayia’s (grandmother’s) were sisters with phenomenal cooking skills. You name it—they could make it. Georgiann spent a lot of kitchen time with her yiayia, Georgia Patsuris Sargetakis, and together the two would bake, cook, and share many laughs. Koulourakia, a Greek Easter cookie is one of those treats that sends Georgian back to her yiayia’s kitchen. Over time, Georgiann has modified her yiayia’s recipe to her own favorite tastes, like using vanilla …

Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookie)

The greatest debate in all of Greece is this: who makes the best koulourakia? Since we all know what’s good for us, the only correct answer to that is our own yiayia (grandma) does. So, if you’re Greek, please don’t read any further because this recipe isn’t for you. You will hate me. You will send me horrible emails and threats. Or you can continue reading. Just don’t tell your yiayia you tried someone else’s koulourakia. I promise not to tell. But you need to know; mine is the best of all. Koulourakia (pronounced koo-lou-rah-kia) is a Greek Easter cookie featuring two ingredients that are avoided during a true Lenten fast, butter and eggs. Flour, sugar and various rising agents are used in the mixture to make the cookies sweet and fluffy. Koulourakia are popular year round but are most commonly served as a sweet staple on Easter day. If you visited ten different Greek Easter parties and tried a koulourakia at each party, you’d taste ten different koulourakia. Everything about koulourakia is variable. Some …