Yia Yia’s Cookies


My nephews’ Grandmother passed away the other day. We spent many holidays together over the years and I always loved her Greek cookies. She gave me the recipe a few years ago and this is the first time I made them.  Thank you, Dina.


1 3/4 sticks of butter, room temperature

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup sugar

4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 fresh orange juice

shot of brandy


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla and oil and beat until well combined.   Sift dry ingredients together and add slowly until a dough forms.  Add juice and mix until combined. Make a flat disk 2″ thick, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or so.  Roll out to doubt 1/4″ thick and use any cookie shape you like.  Use flour so you can work with dough easier.  It warms quickly.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle on sesame seeds or poppy seeds.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool and eat.  They are even better the next day.

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