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Kourabiedes - Greek Christmas Cookies

Angelina Papanikolaou
Kourabiedes are delicious, melt-in-your-mouth butter almond cookies and a staple in Greek households during Christmas time.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Calories 146 kcal


  • 2 cups butter room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, lightly roasted and cooled
  • 4 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • orange blossom water optional
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Add butter and 1 cup powdered sugar to bowl of electric mixer. Beat 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.
  • Add roasted almonds beat until mixed in.
  • Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Gradually add flour to butter mixture until a dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon-size balls, or roll out dough and cut into crescents, stars, or whatever shape you like.
  • Place cookies on prepared baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes until light golden, rotating pan half way.
  • Use a sieve to evenly spread about half of the powdered sugar in a large deep baking pan. Once cookies are out of the oven, spray with blossom water. Then, carefully place each cookie in powdered sugar lined pan. Cover cookies with remaining powdered sugar.
  • Cool completely and transfer to serving platter.
  • Enjoy!


    • To store kourabiedes, keep them covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also freeze kourabiedes for up to 3 months. Defrost them at room temperature and give them another dusting of confectioner’s sugar before serving.
    • If stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, kourabiedes can last up to 1 month.


Serving: 1cookiesCalories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g
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