Kourabiedes: Greek Festive Cookies
- 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.
Fry or bake slivered almonds until a light golden brown.
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.
Then say, "Hopa" and enjoy with friends and family!!!
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