Kalá Christoúgenna, which in the Greek language (spelled phonetically) means “Merry Christmas.” Here’s the holiday photo of all my Hammond men and me. On Christmas day and through out the New Year, may your life be filled with health, happiness and joy!
My 2 little Yorkies, Stanley and Stella are ready for their close-up, and they too wish you a Kalá Christoúgenna. 😀 😀 😀
So I’ll post once again, just to make sure it’s clear, my family and I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!!! 😉
Want to bake my Mom’s Greek Christmas cookies? Here’s the recipe!
- 1 pound unsalted butter
- 1½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Zest of one orange or 2 tsp. orange extract
- 4 to 5 cups of all purpose flour
- Small can of sesame seeds
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add eggs.
- Mix well.
- Add in cream, vanilla, oil and zest.
- In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to form a firm but pliable dough.
- Using about a tsp of dough, roll with hands on counter surface in long ropes, then fold in half and twist into a braid like cookie.
- Place on cookie sheet.
- Brush tops of cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.