Tomorrow will be our third Grecian Festival and potluck. Will I long for those days 10 years from now, I seriously doubt it. But, I did my part for the themed potluck today. I made Greek cookies. Not bad.
Most Greek cookies have nuts. Our kids school is a nut free institution so it was a challenge. I found a recipe for Greek Eastern Cookies. Sort of like hard sugar cookies. Great for dipping in Sambuca or a deep rich espresso.
The hardest part of this recipe is the individual rolling of each cookie.
4 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
8 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 T. orange zest
1 egg (for the wash)
Sift together the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time and beat well after each yolk. Add milk. Add flour a little at a time. I added it in 4 times until completely incorporated. Then add in the orange rind. The dough should be thick and easy to work with.
Break off a small piece. Roll it into a pencil size strip that is about a foot long. Fold the end 1/3 of the way in and then take the other side and fold it over that. So the cookie looks a bit like a swirl. Use the remaining egg, beat it and use a brush to coat the cookie.
Bake them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper at 350. About 15 minutes or until browned.
Make a rich coffee, sit down and dunk.