Easter Cookie Recipe

My son's favourite Easter cookie recipe is for traditional Greek 'Koulourakia' (butter cookies). He's always loved joining me in the kitchen to help make (and eat) these cookies.

This recipe was shared with me years ago by a fantastic Greek Cypriot colleague whose tireless mum used to bake these delicious rich butter cookies for the whole office - they were unbelievably moreish and it's fair to say there were never any left overs! We all loved the days when 'Greek Mum' was visiting!

Festive Easter Cookie recipe based on traditional Greek Easter cookies.Traditional lemon Easter cookies from Greece

One of the reasons we love these cookies so much is that they are not  overly sweet - they taste a little bit like Italian biscotti. This makes them the perfect partner for a cup of tea or coffee and they are great for dunking!

My recipe here uses lemons, but it's just as tasty if you prefer the fresh tang of oranges or limes.

A twist on the traditional Easter cookie recipe

Traditionally, these cookies are sprinkled with sesame seeds before baking. As my son is allergic to sesame seeds, we sprinkle ours with a little granulated sugar instead which gives a lovely crunchy topping.

How to make your Easter cookies


  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • Zest and juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 beaten egg for eggwash

Makes 2 dozen totally yummy cookies


  • Heat oven to 165 C.
  • Cream together the butter, eggs and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the lemon zest and juice
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into the batter and work into a thick dough
  • Roll the dough into strips about 5 inches long and ½ inch thick,
  • For each cookie, form a 'u' shape, crossing one end over the other and twisting the ends into a twisted rope shape
  • Set the cookies on a lined baking sheet
  • Brush cookies with eggwash and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown
tasty lemon Easter cookiesPerfect for dunking with your cuppa!

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