Lenten Koulourakia (Greek cookie twists) with Wine

This recipe uses vegetable oil and wine to flavor the twists, and produces a crisp and delicious cookie that is perfect for dunking in coffee.

Maria recommends baking at 400 degrees but I found that in my oven, 375 worked better. You can try both temperatures and see which works best for you.

Lenten Koulourakia (Greek cookie twists) with Wine

Course: Dessert


  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups red or white wine
  • 1/2 cup almonds toasted, finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the mixing paddle, beat the sugar with the oil and wine on medium high speed for about 5 minutes.
  • With the mixer running, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until a smooth dough forms. Add the chopped almonds and incorporate well.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gently knead. If the dough is still very sticky, you can add a bit more flour. Allow the dough to rest a bit before shaping.
  • To shape the cookies, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut. Roll out a cord or thin tube of dough about the length of a dinner knife. Fold in half then twist two times.
  • If you’d like, you can also roll out the dough into ½ inch thick sheets and use a cutter to shape your cookies.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown.

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