Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kourabiedes (christmas desert with butter and sugar)






I'll continue with another traditional christmas desert, kourabiedes, which is just a cookies with butter, sugar and almonds covered with lots of icing sugar. These, along with melomakarona, are the two deserts that can be found only the period before Christmas. 
 
Ingredients
2 cups butter (about 500 gr.)
3/4 cup icing sugar
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 2 lemons
1 cup chopped almonds (about 200 gr.)
4 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder or baking soda
icing sugar for sprinkling
 
How To Make
Melt the butter and whip together with the icing sugar for 10-15 minutes or more - the more is better - to be whiten and fluffy. Meanwhile put the lemon zest with 1 teaspoon of sugar in a bowl and refrigerate - this is to give more aroma and to melt entirely.
When the butter - icing sugar mix is ready, add salt, vanilla extract, baking powder, lemon zest and 3 cups flour and knead continuously. At first it will be quite difficult as the pastry is sticky, but as you continue it is easier.
Then add the almonds and finally pour the last cup of flour gradually, until the mixture isn't sticky anymore. You may not need the whole cup. 
 
Turn on the oven to 175 and cover a baking pan with wax paper. Prepare kourampiedes with coupe-pates or round and put them in the pan like shown in the picture above. 
Bake for 25 minutes until they begin to turn red. Let them cool completely. Sprinkle a platter or a pan with icing sugar and place over the kourabiedes, close to each other, and sprinkle over again with lots of icing sugar. Allow to stand for a while and ready!
Find it in Greek here.  
 

40 comments:

  1. These are some of my favorite cookies! Love them.

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  2. Well, I'm not the kourabye (Turkish word) type, but they look lovely!
    Kisses!

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  3. Oh these are so delightful, the icing is like snow on the lips.

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  4. @ Eri, I wasnt either, but lately I ve changed my mind!

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  5. Adorei seu blog... só receitas deliciosas...
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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love to follow your blog and hope to see you baking along with us next year.

    These cookies are great for Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your family and hope to hear from you again next year.

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  7. I am so glad you stopped by my blog, Soap Mom's Kitchen. I am greek and I know I will definitely love all these recipes. Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Angeliki

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  8. following you! these look delicious. I'm going to add them to my cookies this year. Thank you!

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  9. Hi, These cookies are lovely! Looks very festive, perfect for Christmas!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. You are most welcome to join our Bake-Along! It would be great having you baking along with us!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  10. hello elpinki, very glad to know you! These kourabiedes must be one of those greek traditional cookies, they look lovely! So are your melomakaroma, nice to know these thru your blog. Am happy to follow you here. Happy Christmas to you!

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  11. Zoe, thank you so much! I m really looking forward to bake along with you!

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  12. @ Angela, thanks! I like it when I find other greeks, so I hope you enjoy my blog!

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  13. @ Well Dressed Cakes, thank you! I ll be waiting for your... feedback, if you bake them!

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  14. @ kitchen flavour, I m looking forward to it! Merry Christmas!

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  15. @ lena, thank you so much! Happy holidays!

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  16. what a pretty desert for Christmas my kids will surely love it. thank

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  17. @ raquel, I hope they do! Thank u 2!

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  18. Thank you for visiting my food blog. You have some fabulous food and photographs on your lovely blog. Happy Christmas.

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  19. @ Maggie, thank you so much! Hope to see you here often!

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  20. Looking at these cookies makes me miss my mom! She makes these every year around Christmas time, and it's my first year being away from her for Christmas. Maybe it's my turn to start the tradition:) These look delish and I can't wait to try!

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  21. Beautiful cookies, I absolutely love how they turned out.

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  22. Beautiful! I love traditional Christmas cookies. :) Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm a follower now. :)

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  23. @ Carly, hope you try them and love them!

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  24. I used to have a neighbour when I was small who gave us these cookies as Christmas presents,YUM!
    they look lovely :)

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  25. @ Dellene, thank u! Happy holidays!

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  26. @ KMS, thank u so much! Merry Christmas!

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  27. Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

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  28. Hello Elpiniki.
    I have just found this blog through the Quince Tree.
    What a treat for me - I love Greek food, particularly the recipes from home kitchens.
    Sadly, the writing for your recipes goes over the images on the left hand side bar, and I can't read them properly. Is this my computer (Mac Notebook) causing this? Any other followers having this problem?
    Do you have a great stuffed vegetables recipe, or are you only posting sweets.
    My fave is galactbouriko and katifi (I probably have the spelling incorrect, please excuse me).
    Mery Christmas - it is Christmas morning here in Australia as i post this, so I,m thinking maybe Christmas eve for you. Blessings.

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  29. @ mia maria, happy holidays to you too!

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  30. @ Anonymous, firstly, thank u so much for everything!
    About the writing, I think its your computer causing it, as noone else has similar problems. If u are interested, I can sent u the recipes by email.
    I intend to post recipes for main dished as well as other sweets too, so I hope u find them ineresting.
    Also, I can sent you by email almost any recipe for greek dishes and I cook very often stuffed vegetables (gemista). So please let me know if there is something I can help u with!
    Merry Christmas to u 2 and thank u so much for your comments!

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  31. @ KMS, Happy New Year to you too!

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  32. Thats my favorite recipe!!!! Very nice and playful!

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