The Saturday before Palm Sunday is “Saturday of Lazarus” and on this day it is a tradition to make “Lazarakia” (literally meaning “Little Lazaruses”). These are traditional small, sweet and mildly spiced bread, made only once a year. They represent the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Each region of Greece has a variation of how they make them, however, most have a similar sweet tasting flavor.

serves 4-6
5 minutes
45 minutes


  • 2 pounds flour
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • chocolate chips for decoration


  1. Mix all the ingredients until you have a non-sticky dough. Add more flour if needed. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 390oF.
  3. In a baking dish, put some parchment paper.
  4. Form you lazarakia men and add the chocolate chips for eyes and nails in hands. 
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes.