Peanut butter date bars

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Vegan and healthy peanut butter date bars made with all natural ingredients.

Vegan and healthy peanut butter date bars made with all natural ingredients.


We love peanut butter. One of our favourite snacks growing up was saltine crackers smeared with a thin layer of peanut butter. When Reese’s peanut butter cups became a thing, they opened up a whole new world of amazing. Sure, we would get our hands on Reese’s whenever we could, but we would also dip plain chocolate into a jar of peanut butter. We would spread peanut butter on toast and then add a rich chocolate hazelnut layer. We would take a spoonful of peanut butter, top it with some chocolate chips and enjoy it just like that.

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Tahini honey cookies

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Simple, vegan and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites.

Simple, dairy-free, gluten-free and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites


Μπισκότα με ταχίνι και μέλι. If you have just stumbled across Mia Kouppa and are wondering what all the fuss is about, and especially if you are not sure that you should use precious ingredients on one of our recipes, we have a few things to say. First, welcome!!! We are so happy that you are here! Second, try this recipe for tahini honey cookies. Seriously. We know that this recipe will convince you that we are worth the risk.

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Oatmeal raisin cookies

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These oatmeal raisin cookies are made with gluten-free flour and they are amazing!

These oatmeal raisin cookies are made with gluten-free flour and they are amazing!


The oatmeal raisin cookie is like the ugly cousin to the more favoured and sought after chocolate chip cookie. Never picked first, always just settled for, oatmeal raisin cookies suffer, in part, due to their very confusing nature. Are they healthy (oatmeal, raisins)? Are they a dessert (sugar, butter)? Are they always trying to trick us (from a distance those raisins can pass for chocolate chips)? A cookie should not be so complicated. Still, given the chance, we think that oatmeal raisin cookies are ultimately appreciated, because like unconventionally beauties, they have much to offer.

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Tsoureki Paximadia or Tsoureki Biscotti

Greek biscotti, or paximadia, made with tsoureki bread and dipped in chocolate and sprinkles

Greek biscotti, or paximadia, made with tsoureki bread and dipped in chocolate and sprinkles


Παξιμάδια τσουρεκιού. The common adage “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” (or avgolemono soup) is pretty good advice. The sentiment can be extended to so many things, including tsoureki. If you have read the post that accompanies our tsoureki recipe you’ll know that although our recipe is now fail-proof and delicious, it wasn’t always so. We have survived many disappointing tsourekia, with some being too dense, undercooked, or simply blah. Having been raised in a household where “waste nothing” was a very important mantra, we could never just dump our tsourekia in the trash (except for the one we called “The Tsourocki”….read more about that disaster in the tsoureki post).

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Vegan shortbread cookies

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Very simple shortbread cookies that are perfect for Orthodox lent.

Very simple shortbread cookies that are perfect for Orthodox lent.


With these vegan shortbread cookies, what you see is what you get! We have lived the disappointment of using cookie cutters to shape cookies just the way we want them only to find that they have flattened, spread, or risen while baking. Cut out flowers, kittens and firetrucks end up looking like blobs. Still delicious, but blobs. Not these cookies! These cookies come out of the oven looking pretty much the way that they went in. No surprises!

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Heart shaped sugar cookies

Heart shaped sugar cookies

Festive sugar cookies perfect for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day always makes us smile, not because we happen to each be married to wonderful guys that make love fun (although that is wonderful) but because growing up we were always our parents’ Valentines.

Every February 14th (and sometimes on February 15th when the chocolate hearts and pink stuffed bears were on sale) our parents would surprise us with Valentine treats. As young kids, we were thrilled. Along with the gifts we were given, our parents would also purchase for us large Valentine’s Day books filled with cards that we would punch out of the cardboard pages (remember those?) We would spend hours deciding which classmate would get which card, and which card we would save for our Ma and Ba.

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Lemon ricotta cookies

Lemon ricotta cookies

A cake-like cookie that is bursting with lemon goodness!

One of the most wonderful things about Mia Kouppa has been the opportunity to bake and cook with amazing home cooks. Our parents of course are the driving force behind this blog, but we have also cooked and baked with other amazing home cooks. Each has been so gracious in sharing their special recipes with us, so that we can then share them with all of you. Whether they are other Greek home cooks that we feature in More Kouppes, or non-Greek home cooks that we feature in Xenes Kouppes, they have invited us into their kitchens with joy and pride. And, they have been wonderful teachers, sharing their own bits of kitchen wisdom and lessons they’ve learned about life, love, and family. One particular lady taught us that we had been missing something our whole lives, a Nonna!

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Chocolate crinkle cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies

A rich chocolate cookie with a sweet sugar coating

Do you know how you can tell when a recipe is a winner? When you ask a smartphone distracted teenager to have a taste, and she does, and she then looks up from Tik Tok long enough to exclaim, “Oh man! These are really good!”. That, dear friends, was how we knew that this recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies was post-worthy.

How best to describe the taste of this popular Christmas cookie that is more informative than “Oh man!”? Well, if you live in Canada and have ever visited a Tim Hortons the same teenager said that these cookies taste like the chocolate timbits from this favourite coffee shop – but better (sorry Tim).

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Ginger molasses cookies

Ginger molasses cookies

A soft centered ginger molasses cookie with a hint of orange


You may recall us telling you that growing up we didn’t know what gingerbread cookies were. Ginger, in any form, was not an ingredient used in our childhood Greek kitchen. When one of us was a teenager, rebelling against traditional Greek cuisine (what were we thinking?!), we purchased the Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas Cookbook. We still have that book and its stained, dog-eared and kind of smelly pages are a testament to just how much we use it when holiday baking season arrives. In that book we discovered a whole new world of cookie goodness that went well beyond melomakarona, kourabiethes and koulourakia . In that book we were introduced to florentines, and shortbread, and gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, and gingersnaps. Ginger became a new fascination, and obsession.

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Amygdalota (Αμυγδαλωτά)

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Amygdalota

The classic Greek almond cookie


Remember when you were a kid and you made someone that you loved a card, or a macaroni Christmas tree ornament, or a finger painting of what was clearly an abstract masterpiece? Remember how excited you were to offer your gift and to sit back and listen to the accolades? Remember the pride, the joy, the downright glee? We really, really hope that you do.

We remember that feeling, and frankly, we’re having the same kind of feels right now. But now it’s not about art, or arts and crafts…it’s about baking and we are practically bursting to finally be able to share with you our recipe for amygdalota. Youppi!!

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