Greek Honey & Anise Twists - Koulourakia

These little cookie twists are lightly sweetened and taste great with a hot cup of coffee.
Photo by Lee C.
Adapted from epicurious.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

Adapted from epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 1/3

    cup honey

  • 4

    tablespoons anise-flavored liqueur, such as Marie Brizard

  • 2

    tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 4 1/4

    cups all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    teaspoon baking powder

  • 1

    cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 1 1/2

    tablespoons aniseed

  • 2

    teaspoons lemon peel, finely grated

  • Sesame seeds

Directions

Mix honey, 2 tablespoons liqueur and juice in small bowl. Set glaze aside. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter baking sheets. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons liqueur, aniseed and lemon peel. Gradually mix in dry ingredients. Working with 1 tablespoon dough at a time, roll dough between palms and work surface into 7-inch ropes. Form into bow ties or twists. Place on prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly. Brush glaze over cookies. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake cookies until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks. Lightly brush cookies again with glaze. Cool. (Can be made ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.)

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