Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies – Koulourakia (Kουλουράκια)

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia) |
There are 2 types of people in this world: Those who fall head-over-heels for Valentine’s Day,  and those who want to see it wiped from the calendar forever. Regardless of how we feel we must face the facts: the gushiest, mushiest, sappiest day of the year is upon us.

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia) | figsandfeta.comPlain and simple, Valentine’s Day means sweets. Sugary, decadent treats: cookies, brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes, chocolate, candy conversation hearts, you name it. It’s an excuse to sample all or some of the previously mentioned goodies. At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I much away on these crunchy and flavorful butter cookies.

Perhaps one thing the lovers and haters can agree on is that cookies are awesome. (I’ve yet to meet anyone who says “ohh… I don’t like cookies!” How about you?)

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia) | figsandfeta.comWherever you fall on the Valentine’s Day scale I promise these Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies will make your day a little sweeter. They are a simple twist on a classic cookie, lightly flavored with rosewater 

Rosewater - for Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia) |

and tinted with a touch of maraschino cherry juice. Who can resist a pink cookie during this time of year!?

maraschino cherry juice to add color to Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia). |

For tips on how to braid these classic cookies, check out my Greek Butter Cookies post from this past spring.

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia). |

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia). |

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies |

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookie (Koulourakia)
A sweet and fragarent pink cookie to celebrate Valentine's Day.
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  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/4 sticks Crisco or vegetable baking sticks
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons rosewater
  5. 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  6. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 5 cups flour
  8. 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  9. egg wash
  10. Valentine's jimmies, sprinkles and colored decorating sugars
  1. In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and Crisco until smooth.
  2. Add eggs and rosewater, combine.
  3. Mix in confectioner's sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk to combine baking powder and flour.
  5. Slowly add to the butter mixture to combine.
  6. Add in maraschino cherry juice until you reach the color you like.
  7. Dough should be workable but not too sticky.
  8. Roll out dough on a flowered surface and braid. This dough is also great for rolling out flat and using cooking cutters.
  9. Place braids on a cookie sheet, brush with egg wash and decorate with sprinkles and sugars.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  1. Rosewater can be found at European specialty markets, or sometimes at the local supermarket. I've spotted it a Whole Foods and Safeway grocery stores.
Adapted from from my Yiayia Salidas's recipe
Adapted from from my Yiayia Salidas's recipe
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Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia) |
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Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia)  |

Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies (Koulourakia). |

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6 thoughts on “Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies – Koulourakia (Kουλουράκια)”

  • So like most Greek girls, I have my mom’s recipe for koulourakia that I swear by. But the addition of rosewater and maraschino flavoring had me intrigued enough to try it out. I made my traditional recipe last week and added in your suggested dose of rosewater to half and let the judges decide…the judges being my husband and 2 boys :) The reviews were mixed. The kids loved the color but weren’t crazy about the flavor, my husband loved the flavor but was indifferent about the pink, and I loved both. In a house full of boys I take all opportunity to infuse a bit of pink! I will definitely make these again as a way to change things up. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Well Tanya, I give you credit for serving up pink cookies to your boys! Sounds like the general consensus was good, and I’m glad you’ll be hanging on to the additional ingredients. :)

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