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Vegan Koulourakia (Easter Cookies)

Over the last month, Facebook has been abuzz with talk of using the liquid from a can of beans (Aqua Faba) to make meringue. (totally works!) Last week, Somer, from Vedged Out, tested the liquid as an egg replacement in baking, and made the best vegan chocolate chip cookies. Her success inspired me to try making koulourakia, an old favourite. I haven’t had them since going vegan, and am so happy with the results.

If you want to try Aqua Faba in your favourite recipe, 3Tbl liquid = 1 egg

If you want to check out all of the amazing things people are doing with Aqua Faba, visit the Vegan Meringues Facebook page.

Vegan Koulourakia

This recipe makes 5.5 dozen (I quartered the original recipe).

Ingredients:

1C Sugar

2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp salt

1/4tsp cinnamon

3C flour (you may need up to a cup more)

Juice of 1/4 orange

1 stick butter (Earth Balance), melted

1/3 shot brandy (Metaxa if you have it)

1/2C + 1Tbl Aqua Faba

Olive Oil

Sesame seeds

Combine sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. Add butter, orange juice, and brandy, mix well. Add Aqua Faba. Add flour. You want this dough to be dry enough to roll into a snake. If your dough is still sticky after you’ve added 4 cups, put the dough in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.

Roll into snakes, and twist them in half, then twist again. I fit 4×4 cookies on a cookie sheet (average size). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Bake at 350*F for 18 minutes, or until slightly golden.

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