Beginner Cook - Medium Cooking Time - Baked Goods - Vegan - Vegetarian
These cookies are a big deal in our family. We call them "koulourakia", due to the shape we give them, which mimics the traditional Greek Easter cookie by that name. The consistency is slightly crunchy with a light cinnamon flavor, making it a perfect treat to accompany your morning or afternoon coffee. It is also relatively healthy being low sodium, devoid of bad cholesterol, and only calling for half a cup of sugar for about 60 cookies. In fact, if you are trying to avoid sugar, you can skip it altogether and rely solely on the orange juice to provide a hint of sweetness. With all that said, what really gets me with these cookies is that they make for a great activity with young kids. The dough is easy for them to work with, and because it doesn't contain egg, I don't have a panic attack when my two year old decides to plop a piece of dough in his mouth when making the cookies. While the pictures below illustrate three different shapes, you can make whichever shape you wish. The only thing to consider when making different shapes is the possibility that your baking time may change.
Ingredients (yields about 60 cookies)
Time - 2 hours (assumes 3-4 baking sheets)