Kourabiedes are traditional Greek butter cookies, celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor and delicate, melt-in-the-mouth texture. These cookies are a staple in Greek cuisine, especially during Christmas time. They are typically shaped into crescents or rounds and are characterized by their snowy coating of powdered sugar.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and 1 cup powdered sugar on medium speed with the paddle attachment until very light and fluffy (about 15-20 minutes).
Add egg yolk, brandy, and vanilla. Beat until well incorporated.
Mix in roasted almonds.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until a dough forms.
Roll dough into balls or roll out on a clean surface and cut into crescent shapes. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes until light golden. Rotate the pan halfway through.
Spread half the powdered sugar in a baking pan. Spray baked cookies with orange blossom water.
Coat in powdered sugar.