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Kourabiedes recipe, greek butter cookies

Kourabides, a traditional Greek pastry with butter at Christmas time.


Kou-ra-bi-ETH-es are festive Greek butter cookies with a shortbread texture and almond flavor. These Greek baked cookies resemble snowballs, but are sprinkled with a touch of cloves and pure rose water and covered in powdered sugar. In Greece during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, no feast is complete without shipwreck dishes.

kourabiedes recipe

Greek Christmas cookies

These Greek butter cookies are light, buttered, not too sweet and have a crumbly texture. They are usually crescent-shaped (moon-shaped) or round, flat balls with a jagged top. An authentic kourabiedes recipe uses eggs, brandy or cognac and pure rose water. After baking, the cookies are drizzled with rosewater and then sprinkled with a generous amount of powdered sugar. I made a stepless version of the cookies with Greek butter.

traditional christmas cookies greek biscuits

Greek butter cookies for baking – cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

If you don’t have edible rose water on hand, you can skip it. Add lemon zest, as it gives a nice citrus flavor to Greek buttercream cookies. Toast the almonds, let them cool, then grind them into a fine powder. Absolutely easy to make, airy Christmas butter cookies that will be sweet, crumbly and addictive. Kids love them and so do adults 🙂 Kurabides are a must-have for Christmas in Greece.

greek butter cookies

Greek butter cookies

Learn how to make kourabides, Greek butter cookies.

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