Every Easter my mother-in-law makes the most delicious Greek Orange Biscuits. These traditional biscuits, called Koulourakia Me Portokali, are pure heavenly goodness!
They are so full of flavor and a wonderful combination of citrus and sweetness. Choosing the juiciest oranges for this recipe will make the best biscuits! The orange zest just takes the flavor to a whole new level!
We look forward to having these every year. Light and refreshing, they go perfectly with Easter brunch. But it’s not just at Easter that we make these…they are a great breakfast biscuit to have on hand when you’re having company over. Or you’ll probably just want to save them all for yourself!
- 1lb unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 large oranges, juiced and zested
- Pinch of salt
- 6 tsp baking powder
- 6 cups all-purpose flour (approximately)
- 1 egg for glaze
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 350°F bake or convection.
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamed.
- One at a time, add each egg, beating after each one.
- Add orange juice and zest. Beat slowly. The mixture will look like it's curdled.
- Sift flour with baking powder and salt and slowly add to butter mixture. You may need to add more flour and knead to make a soft dough.
- Break off pieces larger than a walnut and roll on a lightly floured counter to form a dough rope about 7 inches long. Fold the rope in half and twist. Place Koulourakia on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Brush with slightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
- Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until golden color. Remove from oven and cool. Store in a covered container.