Koulourakia Smyrneika (Smyrna Biscuits)

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by evelynathens

These biscuits are traditionally made by the Greeks of Smyrna and their descendants. They are lovely to have with coffee and/or tea. Baking ammonia can be purchased at drugstores in North America. The yield I mention is arbitrary as it depends on the shape and size of the biscuits you make.

Top Review by ANevels

This is a very delicious and traditional koulourakia recipe. As for the lack of salt in the recipe, I, being a Greek person have only seen a few recipes requiring salt. Baking ammonia, also known as salt of hartshorn, is quite sufficient. It is, however, a matter of personal preference. This cookie is mostly eaten dunked in coffee. Often for Smyrnakia Koulourakia clarified butter is used. Well done, Evelyn.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add melted butter, eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla. Dissolve baking ammonia in the milk and add that to the flour mixture, too.
  2. Knead the ingredients together well until you have a soft, pliable dough.
  3. Shape dough into shapes of your choosing. 'S' shapes, braids and snails are popular in Greece.
  4. Place on a greased cookie sheet, or parchment-lined or silpat and brush with beaten egg white.
  5. Bake at 375F (180C) for 20 minutes.
  6. Note: If you can find a 'soft' flour, suitable for pastry-making, your koulourakia will be more authentic.

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