Ladokouloura Greek Olive Oil Cookies (Vegan + Easy)

August 18, 2021
1 Ratings
Photo by Pastry Wishes
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • makes 35 cookies
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 dash freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Gradually add the flour, a little at a time (I like to start off using a silicone spatula to remove any lumps.).
  4. 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.
  5. Weigh each piece, about 1 oz / 25 g. Then roll into a 5 inch rope (about 12.5 cm) and shape, if desired.
  6. Gently press one side into the sesame seeds and then place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes for soft cookies or 35-40 minutes for crunchy cookies. Enjoy!

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2 Reviews

margaretkhella March 9, 2023
I love this recipe! Much easier than other olive oil cookies that I have made! I especially love the cinnamon water over using OJ.
Pastry W. March 12, 2023
Thanks so much for the feedback! I'm so happy you liked the recipe!