Koularakia – Greek Butter Cookies

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Last Updated on November 26, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Koularakia are Greek Butter Cookies traditionally made during Easter. They can be flavored with a variety of ingredients including orange, anise, coriander and sesame seeds.

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Greek cuisine is a fusion of European Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Many of their recipes have their roots in Arab culture and cuisine, like these delicious Koularakia – Greek Easter Cookies.

Located in the Mediterranean, Greece is on the borderland between Europe and the Middle East. Elements of Greek cuisine is as similar to Italian as it is to Turkish and Persian (Iran, Iraq, etc.)

Lamb is the most popular meat. Olives, dates, figs and a variety of nuts also are used often in the cuisine. A variety of aged and fresh cheeses like feta, goat cheese, mannouri and kasseri used in Greek cuisine are reminiscent of Italian cuisine as are dishes like Manestra a dish of chicken and orzo cooked with tomato and Pastitsio, pasta and ground beef baked in bechamel sauce.

Koularakia are Greek Butter Cookies traditionally served at Easter. They can be flavored with a variety of ingredients including anise seed, coriander seed, lemon, orange or ouzo. They are also sometimes topped with sesame seeds.

I have used both anise and ouzo, an anise flavored liqueur in my version of Greek Butter Cookies.

How to make Koularakia – Greek Butter Cookies

Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until you start to see some color from the bottom of the cookies.

Easter cookies

These barely sweet cookies are perfect with a cup of tea. I do need a little more practice shaping them in the traditional way as the opening on the top should not be quite so large, but these are so delicious as you break off pieces to enjoy, does the shape really matter?

These cookies have such a soft texture with the perfect crumb.

Greek Easter Cookies, Greek Butter Cookies

There’s a lot more to Greek food than the Spanikopita every one knows about!

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Koularakia – Greek Butter Cookies

Koularakia are classic Greek Butter Cookies. They are especially popular to make during holiday seasons like Easter and Christmas.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 184kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed ground
  • 1 tablespoon ouzo
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet with non stick spray.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and creamy. Add eggs and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes
  • Add ouzo, anise seed and flour a little at a time, until you have a thick batter.
  • Take a small piece of dough and roll into a rope about 10″ long. Form into a U shape and then twist the strands twice. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, until you start to see some color from the bottom of the cookies.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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