Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Cuppa and a Cookie

Koulourakia - Greek Butter Cookies and a Cup of Coffee
A fabulous way to jumpstart my morning!

These Greek cookies are one of my favorites! The ingredients are staples in my pantry, and it makes a large amount...8 dozen cookies. They are the 'perfect' accompaniment to a cup of coffee. Not too sweet and not too crisp. If you are sewing Mug Rugs as gifts, Koulourakia would be a nice extra to fill out the package. ☺ Here's the recipe...

Koulourakia - Greek Butter Cookies

1 Cup Butter
½ Cup Shortening
2 Cup Sugar
4 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
Pinch Baking Soda
6 Cups Flour, sifted (though I never sift and mine turn out fine)
Sesame Seeds (optional)

Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until very light. Whip, whip, whip! The lighter and fluffier the better your cookies will be! Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add vanilla, baking powder, soda, and 3 cups of flour. Continue beating until thoroughly blended. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in remaining flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead a few minutes. Pinch off small pieces of dough. I use a small ice cream scoop that holds about 2 tsp. Roll into pencil-like strands, about 5 inches long and less than ½-inch thick. Form each strand into an 'S' shape by rolling ends toward center OR roll dough into 7-inch strands, fold over and twist each into a rope. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheets. Brush with milk or beaten egg. Sprinkle with Sesame Seeds if desired. Bake at 350° until lightly browned. Mine take anywhere from 13-17 minutes. Depends on how temperamental my oven is on baking day. ☺ Makes about 8 dozen.

Crammin' Randy

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What is your favorite treat to serve with coffee?

Today has been deemed 'Sewing Day' and I'm officially in panic-mode. Gotta get it done people!
If I haven't stopped by this morning, I will be over for a blog visit late tonight or tomorrow. ☺

Happy Thursday!

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