Greek Holiday Cookies Recipe
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Greek Holiday Cookies Recipe

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These buttery golden twists are a traditional treat in Greece, where they are usually made for Easter and other celebrations. One side of my family is Greek, and I enjoy making foods that keep me in tough with my heritage.—Nicole Moskou, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 157 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add 2 eggs; beat well. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll dough into 1-1/4-in. balls. Shape each into a 6-in. rope; fold in half and twist twice. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the remaining eggs; brush over dough. Bake at 350° for 7-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Greek Holiday Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p55

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solar0209 User ID: 3255068 44053
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"My husband is Greek and LOVES when his grandmother makes these. I tried out this recipe for him - VERY pleased with the results; he said they're just as good as hers! I put a little red and green sprinkle-sugar on the before baking (just like Yia Yia does), since I made them for Christmas. Cookies are not too sweet, kind of like a shortbread but not as hard/dry."

diannacrock User ID: 1726574 53836
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"I love these cookies!! They are best right from the oven. I use real butter with these. They are a soft cookie and will stay that way."

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