Kourabiedes: Greek Festive Cookies

Total Time:
55 min
35 min
20 min


  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 pounds fitini butter or 6 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • (Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground gum powder from Hios Island in Greece)
  • 1/4 cup rose water
  • 1/4 cup ouzo
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 pounds all-purpose flour
  • Final Touches:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Grease a large baking sheet lightly with butter or cooking spray.

  • Fry or bake slivered almonds until a light golden brown.

  • Beat butter in blender or with a hand mixer on high for 20 to 30 minutes until white, light and creamy. Add the egg and yolks one at a time mixing well to incorporate.

  • Add 1 cup powdered sugar, vanilla, optional gum powder, rose water, ouzo and then almonds.

  • Next sift together baking powder and flour. Slowly add to mixture,

  • The final dough should be soft and easy to work with. So now form them into small balls -- about a fist-full. Form like dumplings and imprint thumb on all sides of the cookie.

  • Bake for 10 to 20 minutes until light golden brown. Immediately splash with hand a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup rose water.

  • Finally, place cookies on a serving tray and use a sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar on cookies until coated.

  • Then say, "Hopa" and enjoy with friends and family!!!

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