Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sugar Powdered Cookies a.k.a Kourabiedes


                                   Sugar Powdered Cookies a.k.a Kourabiedes


It's not christmas at a Greek house if the Kourabie is not the host, the sugar powdered Christmas butter cookies. Simply put, there's no festivity without these sugar powdered cookies. They are very simple to make and they just melt in your mouth. When  a mom and a daughter bake/cook together, they create memorable moments that last a lifetime. In my kitchen, I recapture moments of my childhood baking with my mom and at the same time my daughter sits right beside me, assisting with the process and art of making Greek butter cookies. A hand me down recipe filled with many funny moments, the time we burnt a few, the time the sugar wasn't enough or just running to the supermarket to buy some very last minute ingredients for this melt in your mouth butter cookies recipe. No matter what behind the scenes we went through with my mom, the outcome was always perfect  and the scent was heaven, alerting everyone the holidays have arrived! Every year during this time I can't wait to place the first pan of kourabiedes in the oven, the scent that pervades from the oven  and lingers through the whole house, the aura of buttery and zesty aromas makes your taste buds sing Jingle Bells!

Kourabies, is the singural and the plural is Kourbiedes. According to the wikipedia it has a mixture of origination Azerbaijani, Qurabiye, Albanian Kurabie, Persian Ghorabi,Turkish, Kurabiye . The common word is Kuru, which means dry biscuit. Therefore, Greeks call it Kourabie, a dry biscuit.

* It's a trial and error kind of recipe but once you get the hang of it, it becomes more simple than simple ;) Enjoy and  have a Merry Christmas!

 The story goes as, when these cookies were deemed as Christmas cookies, they were given the crescent shape and the top their was a whole clove inserted into the cookie. The clove represented the gift of spices  that the Three Wise Men brought to Bethlehem when Jesus was born,                        

Ok, enough rambling on with my famous Kourbiedes Recipe :)

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 shot glass of cognac
  • 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered vanilla or
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup roasted chopped almonds
  • 1 bottle ouzo ( Metaxa or Pilavas) 
                          First, mix your butter with an electric mixer until it's white and fluffy.

Slowly, add everything else and last you mix in your chopped roasted almonds.

Finally, you add your flour, you add a little bit at  at a time and you knead as you go. You stop kneading when you have a pliable dough and it doesn't stick to your hands.


                                  The traditional recipe calls for crescent shapes but you can use cookie cutters.                                       They  taste delicious no matter what their shape.


 Cook each batch for about 15 minutes or until brown. When they are ready, take them out place them on a flat surface and sprinkle with ouzo. Once you have sprinkled them with ouzo roll them in confectioner's sugar. I usually roll them then I place them in cupcake cups and add extra sugar on top. Your Kourabiedes are done!!! Happy Holidays! If you have any questions drop me a line or connect with me on my sm. :)    

                    If you love this recipe or any other recipe share with your family and friends.                                        



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