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Greek Kourabiedes – Christmas Butter Cookies

Experience the Charm of Greek Kourabiedes – A Holiday Favorite

Begin with an engaging introduction to Kourabiedes, highlighting their significance in Greek culture, especially during Christmas. Mention how these butter cookies have become a global holiday favorite, setting the stage for the recipe.

Kourabiedes, the quintessential Greek Christmas butter cookies, are a blend of rich flavors and cultural heritage. These cookies, with their melt-in-your-mouth texture, are a staple in Greek households during the festive season and have won hearts globally.

Greek Kourabiedes - Christmas Butter Cookies

Greek Kourabiedes – Christmas Butter Cookies

Recipe by George Zolis
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Dive into the delightful world of Greek Kourabiedes, a traditional Christmas cookie cherished for its rich buttery taste and delicate texture. This easy-to-follow recipe guides you through each step, from selecting the right ingredients to achieving the perfect bake. Perfect for holiday gatherings, these cookies are not just treats but a festive tradition passed down through generations.

Course: DessertCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 kg All purpose flour

  • 350 g Sheep butter

  • 250 g Cow butter

  • 130 g Sugar

  • 1 pinch Salt

  • 250 g Roasted almonds

  • 2 Vanillins

  • 1/2 tsp Ground mastic

  • 1 tsp Baking soda

  • 1 tsp Baker’s ammonia

  • 50 g Ouzo or Water

  • 400 g Icing sugar

  • Rosewater

Recipe directions

  • In the bowl of the mixer, add both sheep and cow butter, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Beat the mixture for 10 minutes.
  • Add the baker’s ammonia, baking soda, ground mastic, vanillin, and either ouzo or water to the mixture. Beat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the all-purpose flour and mix with the beater until it forms a dough. Then, continue mixing while gradually adding the almonds.
  • Divide the dough into balls of 30 g each.
  • Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 170 C (340 F) and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Spray the cookies with rosewater.
  • Sprinkle the cookies with icing sugar.

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Nutrition Facts

55 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11.2g 17%
    • Saturated Fat 5.8g 25%
  • Cholesterol 23mg 8%
  • Sodium 1266mg 53%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 38mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.6g 0%
    • Sugars 9.7g
  • Protein 1.2g 2%
  • Calcium 16%
  • Vitamin D 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.