Kourabiedes – Greek Christmas Cookies!

Kourabiedes! An all times classic Greek recipe!


  • 250 gr sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 gr baking powder
  • 225 gr butter
  • 30 gr confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30 ml brandy
  • 3 ml vanilla extract
  • 70 gr finely chopped blanched almonds
  • 36 whole cloves
  • 200 gr confectioners’ sugar for decoration


  • Sift flour with baking powder. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolk, brandy and vanilla. Beat again until very light. Stir in almonds.
  • Blend in flour mixture, mix to form a soft, smooth dough. Chill 30 minutes or until it can be handled easily.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (325 degrees F).
  • Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent shapes. Place 2 cm apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until light… but do not brown.
  • Cool on rack.
  • Dust generously with confectioners’ sugar.
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