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Prepare time: 20 min
Bake time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yield: 40 kooloorakia
They aren’t cookies, they aren’t biscuits. In Greece, we call them “kooloorakia” and they’re somewhere in between. Crispy or soft, crumbly or chewy, with butter or with olive oil… There are so many recipes and all you need is a glass of milk or a cup of coffee to enjoy them with!
This recipe is a healthy and full of flavors combination. They’re made with olive oil, which gives them a soft and moist texture and they’re low fat. The small amount of butter used in this recipe, gives only its sweet flavor. They have a rich chocolaty taste, perfectly combined with the toasted hazelnuts and the aroma of the orange zest.

Ingredients

  • 550g all purpose flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
  • zest of one orange
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 50g softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 200ml milk, room temp.
  • 50g toasted ground hazelnuts

Instructions

1
In the bowl of your electric mixer, sift the powdered sugar. Add the olive oil and the butter and mix on low speed for about a minute, until creamy. Add the egg and mix until well incorporated.

2
Continue adding the orange zest and gradually the milk. In the bowl with the flour, sift the baking powder, the cinnamon & the cocoa powder and mix.

3
Start adding flour mixture. Add the ground hazelnuts and the rest of the flour mixture. Take a piece of dough in your palm and lightly press it. The dough should be soft but not sticky.

4
Flour your work surface and take the dough out. Flour your hands and gather the dough. Take small pieces of dough and give them any shape you like. If you want, you can roll the dough out and cut kooloorakia with a cookie cutter.

5
Bake in a preheated oven, at 180°C/350°F for 20min. Keep them in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

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