Robin Scoggins

Koulourakia can be made into many different shapes and sizes.

Nicholas Scoggins, Staff Reporter

Koulourakia (I know the name is very long) is one of my favorite foods from Greek culture. I was first introduced to them by my grandmother, whose parents came from Greece. Koulourakia itself is acookie that tastes like shortbread. This is how to make them.



1 cup butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

5 cups flour

3 eggs

¼ tablespoon anise, ground

¼ tablespoon cloves, ground

3 tablespoons baking powder

¼ cup milk

½ cup sesame seeds

1 egg, beaten with two tablespoons of milk(used as glaze)


Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy.  While beating, add the sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. Then set aside. 


In a separate bowl, sift the flour and combine with the baking powder, anise and cloves. Slowly stir this into your butter mixture to form a soft dough. Knead with your hands until it is well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Now shape your cookie. To do this, take a one-inch chunk of dough, then roll into a seven-inch long cord, and shape as you see in the picture.  


Place on a greased baking sheet and glaze the tops with egg-milk mixture.  Then sprinkle with sesame seeds and then set it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes until it is golden. Enjoy!