Greek Kourabiedes for Christmas

As seen on tv, this photo was taken during a live show

‘I have not yet met anyone who does not like these most amazing Greek cookies.  This recipe was passed on to me by  Maria, my dear neighbour in Limassol ..’

This recipe makes about 35 cookies

You will need :

200g butter
200g  sugar plus extra sugar for dusting
100g crushed nuts of your choice
250g plain flour, sifted twice
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 egg yolk
pinch of salt
150g ground almonds
Few drops vanilla extract
Few drops rose water (if not available use orange flower water)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Tip of a teaspoon ground cloves, do not overdo it

Cream the soft butter in a mixing bowl until it is very white and creamy
Add the icing sugar
Continue creaming until very light in colour and texture and fluffy in appearance.

Mix together the egg yolk with the vanilla and rose water.  Add to the butter mixture and blend in.
Sieve the flour twice and add the salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, ground almonds, lemon zest, vanilla extract, rose water, crushed nuts and ground cloves.
Use a large metal spoon to gradually add together the flour mixture into the butter mixture.   Mix and use your hands until it forms a soft dough.
Shape into small balls
Indent each ball in the middle with your thumb or index finger to form a crescent shape.
Place on a baking tray prepared with cooking spray.  Do not grease with butter.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.  While they are still hot covered them with icing sugar and allow them to completely cool down.
Cover the bottom of a flat plate with icing sugar.
Place the cold cookies on top of the icing sugar and sprinkle with more icing sugar over then. Turn them over so that they are fully covered.
Shake off the excess icing sugar and arrange on platter.

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Tip: The more you beat the butter, until it is fluffy and white, the lighter the texture of the cookie

I use President Butter and Fry Light cooking sprays by Rimus Group and baking ingredients and spices by Lamb Brand

14 responses to “Greek Kourabiedes for Christmas”

  1. Oh I like these cookies. Make a similar version at Christmas time.

  2. Que hermoso lugar donde vives,voy a hacer la receta de las Kourabiedes, nosotros en nuestro país tenemos una versión parecida de estas galletas,seguro que les encantaran a mi esposo y mis hijos, gracias por compartir.

  3. LOVE these cookies!

  4. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!

  5. Thank you for the recipe. I love Greek food a~n~d their desserts. Yum! 🙂

    1. Me too Fae, Greek food is divine, we lived in Cyprus for a while and I adored their food and produce !

  6. I have partaken of the crescents, Lea, and adored them. Never more, alas. Nor any of the gorgeous-looking goodies you make … If eating the good food I do is putting weight on me, try to imagine what these would do. I weep for my loss … But you are so clever.

    1. Hi Margaret Rose Writers sit and weight problems follow. Eat what you wish in moderation and walk it off:) hope all well with you x

      1. You are such class, Lea !!!

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