Recipes!! Koulourakia first.

I finally had some time to sit down and type up the recipes I learned from my Yiayia. I’m pretty sure that everything makes sense, but if you catch something, please let me know!! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. I’ll post each recipe separately, to keep it organized.

Yiayia’s Koulourakia Recipe
for dough
1 lb Land o’Lakes butter
1/2 cup crisco
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
7-8 cups flour

for topping:
Sesame seeds
1 egg
1/2 tsp water

Mix 1 lb butter and 1/2 cup crisco for 3(to 5) minutes in mixer
Mix in 2 cups sugar for 3 minutes (until fluffy)
break 4 eggs into small bowl, and pour into mixer one at a time
add 1 tsp vanilla into mixer
measure out 1/2 cup orange juice in measuring cup
add 4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda into orange juice
mix
add orange juice concoction to mixer
mix everything for a few minutes
scrape down the sides
slowly add 5-7 cups of flour
put 1/2 cup of flour in the bottom of a big bowl (so the dough doesn’t stick)
take dough out of mixer and put into bowl
knead in the remaining flour
add (at most 1/2 cup) flour as needed to get the correct non-stickiness–dough should be soft, but doesn’t stick to your hand when you roll it around
let dough rest in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes
take a ball of dough the size of an egg yolk/walnut and roll it into a tube approx. 4” long, then fold in half and twist ends gently (roll out on table–you can wash it later)
preheat oven to 350 degrees
mix one egg and 1/2 tsp water
brush onto cookies–just enough to make seeds stick
dip first 2 fingers into egg mixture, then sesame seeds
tap the cookies–seeds will stick to cookie
push cookie sheets to the back of the oven
bake for 12 minutes, then switch the top and bottom baking sheets so it bakes evenly
bake another 12-ish minutes, until light brown on top
wash table with soap and water TWICE
EAT!!! If you are in a good mood, you can share…

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