Traditional Greek butter cookies for Christmas
Kourabiedes is a delicious traditional Greek treat, packed with the aromas of fresh butter and roasted almonds and garnished with luscious layers of icing sugar.. The ultimate Christmas cookie! Once put in the oven, the aromas permeate the house. Moments like this, the whole family gathers around the kitchen to smell the butter that is melting, the spices that are being used and the warm athmosphere that surrounds the kitchen. Usually mums hold this role with young children helping around or grabing bites of baked goodies If you haven’t tried kourabiedes (Greek Christmas butter cookies) before, then you are certainly missing out! Soft, fluffy with a crunchy bite and rich almond (or pistachio if you are feeling adventurous) and butter flavour.. This super easy kourabiedes recipe will certainly set you on a festive mood!
Ingredients (for about 40 cookies):
400gr softened butter / 600gr all purposes flour shifted / 150gr icing sugar shifted / 30gr brandy (like Metaxa) / 20gr rose water / 100gr toasted almonds slightly chopped / 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
How do I make it?
1. First step, put your butter on a bowl of standing mixer and start mixing it on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes until really soft. If you have a hand mixer, do the same (though harder). Add the icing sugar to the butter and continue mixing in the same speed for 2 more minutes.
2. Next, start adding the flour to the mixture little at a time and lower your mixing speed. A type of soft dough will start being created.
3. When your dough is formed add the brandy, vanilla and rose water and mix a bit more. Add your chopped almonds and mix for a final time.
4. Start preheating your oven to 180 C. In a clean surface spread your dough and start rolling it until you reach a thickness of about 1,5 to 2 cm. With your cookie cutters, cut the shapes of dough and transfer them carefully to a parchment paper placed on a pan. Do this for all the remaining dough. If you don’t have cookie cutters you can shape your own cookies by shaping small balls close to the size of ping pong balls.
5. Bake your cookies for 15 to 18 minutes. It’s essential that you have a look at your cookies around that time of baking because they might need less of more time depending on your oven. You want them barely golden at the sides.
6. When they are baked remove the pan immediately from the oven and let them cool. Dust a generous amount of icing sugar on top and enjoy a couple of those with some coffee or alone.