All posts tagged: greek easter

Koulourakia with Cadbury Eggs

A few years ago as I was doing my pre Greek Easter grocery shopping, I walked down the candy aisle and noticed how much Easter candy had gone on sale. This isn’t anything new, as Western and Orthodox Easter can fall anywhere from a week to four weeks after Eastern churches, making it the best time to buy candy. Koulourakia (Greek Easter/butter cookies) were on my to do list that week and I wanted to create a fun twist, and Cadbury eggs caught my eye and figured mixing in the colorful candy into standard koulourakia dough would be fascinating. Little did I know how much of a hit these little treats would become. Family loved them, friends wanted more, and when I shared the results on my Instagram page, many people felt inspired to do the same. You can use my recipe below, or use your own favorite koulourakia recipe, and simply mix in some finely crushed Cadbury eggs. Then, after forming your koulourakia, place some whole or halved Cadbury eggs on top for decoration …

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 …