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Greek Holiday Cookies

 Greek Holiday Cookies
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
39 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 157 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.