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How to make the Perfect Kourambiedes - Greek Powdered Almond Cookies


Dive into the heart of Greek confectionery with this authentic Kourambiedes recipe. These buttery, almond cookies dusted with powdered sugar are a staple during celebrations and a symbol of Greek hospitality. Let's explore how to make these delightful treats.

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For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • A pinch of salt

For Coating:

  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar (for dusting)

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Step 1: Creaming Butter and Sugar

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until it's light and fluffy.

  2. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continue beating until well combined.

Step 2: Preparing the Dough

  1. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, stirring to form a soft dough.

  3. Gently fold in the chopped almonds.

Step 3: Shaping the Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Take small pieces of dough and shape them into crescents or balls.

  3. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 4: Baking

  1. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they are just starting to turn golden.

  2. Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheet.

Step 5: Coating with Powdered Sugar

  1. While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar until fully coated.

  2. Place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

kourambiedes, greek christmas almond cookies recipe


Kourambiedes are more than just cookies; they are a celebration of Greek culture and culinary tradition. Whether served at a festive occasion or enjoyed as a treat, these cookies are sure to delight anyone with their melt-in-your-mouth texture and sweet, buttery flavor.

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