Flavorful Tsoureki Muffins

Hello from Kouzounas Kitchen! I am actually writing you guys from my kitchen. 🙂

Greek Easter is around the corner, and I am super excited and ready! Are you? What is your favorite Greek Easter food? One of my favorites is tsoureki, sweet Greek Easter bread that is delicious packed with tons of flavors. We usually have tsoureki left over from Easter, so we make french toast with the left over bread. 😉

Okay guys, after testing out numerous recipes of tsoureki muffins, I finally mastered down the one I like. My family gave this recipe a million stars, and I hope you do too. I had to take my original recipe, and play with it to see what ingredients to add or take out to create these tasty muffins. Enjoy foodies!!



Flavorful Tsoureki Muffins

Servings: 12 


Mahlepi is a Greek spice with a distinctive, fruity taste. The finely ground mahlepi powder is made from the inner kernels of cherry seeds. If you don’t have mahlepi or mastiha, try searching at a near by Greek international market, or Amazon. I included the links from Amazon here.

Mastiha is a Greek spice that is made from lentisk trees on the island of Chios. Mastiha is used in sweets and breads. Please click on the photos to take you to the Amazon store to purchase.

Flavorful Tsoureki Muffins


  • 2  cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mastiha
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp mahlepi
  • 1 egg
  •  2 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1 cup almond milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Nutella Glaze

  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. (Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, mastiha, cardamom, and orange zest.)
  3. In a medium pot, add the milk, butter, and mahlepi. Whisk to combine over medium heat. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, and orange juice to the milk mixture and combine. (I use my hands to mix the dough together.)
  5. Fill the muffin pan. You should be able to get 12 muffins out of this recipe, if not more.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on wired rack before you ice the muffins.


  1. In a medium bowl, place the nutella in a bowl and heat for 20 seconds.
  2. Whisk in the almond milk, and powdered sugar.
  3. Drizzle the nutella icing over the top of the tsoureki muffins.

Kali Orexi















  1. I can taste these muffins! I know mahlepi as mahleb. Mastiha, however is something new for me. A crisp, cold Retsina comes to mind. Any flavor similarities between the two? And nutella – genius!


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