Ladokouloura are traditional Greek Olive Oil Cookies that are mildly spiced and coated with crunchy sesame seeds. This is a one-bowl recipe that’s simple to make and vegan. —Pastry Wishes
light olive oil
dash freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg)
pinch of salt
In This Recipe
Put the cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan with the water and gently boil for about 10 minutes, until the water turns a dark brown color. Discard the sticks and set the cinnamon water aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 356° F / 180 °C.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, the sugar, the cognac, the cinnamon water, the baking soda, the nutmeg, the salt and the ground cinnamon.
Gradually add the flour, a little at a time (I like to start off using a silicone spatula to remove any lumps.).
Add a little more flour by hand until a dough forms. Keep in mind that you may not need all the flour, or you may need a bit more than what’s listed if it’s too wet. The dough should come together and not stick to the sides of the bowl. You should be able to easily roll a piece in your hand.
Weigh each piece, about 1 oz / 25 g. Then roll into a 5 inch rope (about 12.5 cm) and shape, if desired.
Gently press one side into the sesame seeds and then place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 25 minutes for soft cookies or 35-40 minutes for crunchy cookies.