These easy Greek koulourakia cookies are made with 5 simple ingredients that you probably have on hand!
Easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia. You are going to love these cookies! Don’t believe us? Well, after reading this post, and scrolling through the recipe, head to the kitchen to bake them. You will notice that you certainly have the 5 ingredients needed to make these easy Greek koulourakia in your kitchen right now. Nothing fancy here guys. Just simple ingredients to produce an amazing cookie.
What do we love about these Greek koulourakia cookies? Well, first off is the flavour. They are the perfect amount of sweetness. The texture is something else that we love. These koulourakia are crumbly and melt in your mouth. Unlike our traditional koulourakia which are made with ammonia, which have a soft doughy interior, these easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia are firmer, but not hard. They are not quite as firm as our koulourakia with orange. Another reason we love these cookies so much is because our parents love them. This is a relatively newer recipe for them, one that they got from a friend. After some tweaking to make it more to their liking (less sweet), they shared the recipe with us – and now we share it with you. That is what Mia Kouppa is all about!
What is all-purpose flour?
We realize that you, our dear readers, come from all over the world (how amazing that you have found us, two sisters from Montreal!). What we call all-purpose flour, some of you know as regular flour or plain flour.
All-purpose flour is a mild-tasting white flour that is made from the innermost kernel of the wheat head. The truth is, it is not as nutritious as other types of flour, but it does have a longer shelf life. It is also the flour often used in baking, and the flour we use to make these easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia.
Is all-purpose flour the same thing as self-rising flour?
No, they are not the same thing. Self-rising flour contains salt and baking powder whereas all-purpose flour only contains the ground wheat endosperm. This is why in recipes that use all-purpose flour like this one for our easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia you must add the baking powder.
Can you use another oil in to make these easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia?
Yes, you can. Any mild flavoured oil such as avocado oil or sunflower oil would work. Olive oil would also work, but it would impact the flavour of the cookies because the olive oil has a more pronounced flavour.
How to shape these easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia
To make the most perfect cookies, we weigh out the dough. If you don’t want to bother doing this, you can simply “eyeball” the amount of dough that you use for each cookie.
The “s” shape can be a little tricky. If you prefer, make a round cookie instead (in the shape of a circle).
How to freeze Greek koulourakia
These cookies freeze really well. After they have cooled, freeze them on a baking tray and once frozen transfer them to a freezer safe bag. To serve, allow to thaw at room temperature.
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Easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia
- 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted approximately
- 4 tbsp baking powder
- 3 cups vegetable oil or other mild flavoured oil
- 1 ¾ cup sugar
- 6 eggs large
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds optional
- Add the oil and the sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat at medium speed for 2 - 3 minutes. Next add the eggs and beat at medium speed for 5 minutes.3 cups vegetable oil, 1 ¾ cup sugar
- Sift 5 ¾ cups of flour and add in the baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just well combined. You may need to add in more sifted flour. The dough mixture should come away from the edges of your bowl (see this video). If it does not, you will need to add more sifted flour, a bit at a time. We use a total of 6 cups + 1 tbsp of sifted flour. Your dough should be sticky, but you should still be able to form it into a ball. See video here.6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, 4 tbsp baking powder, 6 eggs
- Allow your dough to rest for at least 20-30 minutes at room temperature. The longer you let the dough sit, the more manageable it will be.
- Preheat your oven to 375 °F
- Shape your cookies into "S" forms. See video here. If you like, you can spread out some sesame seeds on your surface you're using to roll the cookies, and roll some sesame seeds onto the cookies, as you're shaping them. The video above helps explain.
- To make each cookie consistent we measure out the dough and have found that the best weight per koulouraki is between 28-30 grams and 5 inches long, before we shape it. Place your koulourakia on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in the middle rack of your oven for approximately 18 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, rotate your pan, and bake for another 3-4 minutes, until tops are golden, and bottoms are golden brown.
- Allow your cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- These easy 5 ingredient Greek koulourakia will keep well in a tightly covered container for 1 - 2 weeks at room temperature. They can even be stored in the refrigerator for longer, or frozen.