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Koulourakia (Greek Butter Twist)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add vanilla extract; beat until blended.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing after each addition.
  5. Chill dough for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Divide dough into fourths. Divide each fourth into 16 portions. Roll each portion into a 4-inch rope; fold each rope in half, and twist. Place twists 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Combine egg yolk and water; brush over twists. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sesame seeds.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Immediately transfer to wire racks to cool.








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