Traditional Kourabiedes Cookies

A festive staple come Christmas time in Greece, these nutty butter cookies are deliciously soft and make for a delicious sweet snack!

what you'll need
  • 325 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • 550 g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 25 ml brandy (optional)
  • 70 g almonds
  • rose water (optional)
  • icing sugar
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step 1

Roast the almonds on a baking tray at 180°C (350°F) for 14 minutes or until golden brown, then set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

step 2

Place the roasted almonds into a blender and pulse them lightly. We want some texture to remain while achieving small chunks instead of complete pulverization.

step 3

For a smooth and creamy consistency, use a stand mixer to combine the butter and icing sugar on medium speed for 20 minutes. Optionally, you can add brandy and then mix again for an additional 5 minutes.

step 4

Gently sift together the flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl to create the perfect blend of ingredients for your recipe.

step 5

Incorporate the flour and baking powder into a stand mixer bowl, stirring until everything is unified.

step 6

As you mix, fold in the roasted almonds until they are fully blended with the dough.

step 7

Scoop out a small amount of dough, roll it into a ball and delicately flatten it with your hands to form the perfect round cookie.

step 8

Place the cookies in a baking tray covered with parchment paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 180º C (350º F) for about 22 minutes or until they’re lightly golden.

step 9

After baking, lightly mist the treats with rose water and let them cool for roughly thirty minutes.

step 10

Generously pour icing sugar into a bowl and roll each cookie until the outside is completely covered. Then, place the cookies on a plate and top them with an extra layer of decoration - more icing sugar!

Traditional Kourabiedes Cookies

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