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Kourambiethes (Kourabiedes)

Kourambiethes (Kourabiedes)

Kourambiethes (Kourabiedes)

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Kourambiethes (Kourabiedes)
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: GreeceDifficulty: Easy

A Greek butter cookie with nuts (usually almonds), not too sweet, with a soft and dry texture. In this recipe, the cake flour gives these cookies their unique texture. This cookie is widely known by both of the above names Kourambiethes (Kourabiedes), as well as “Kourabies”. The different spellings can be attributed to the fact that the Greek name is κουραμπιέδες and the English-speaking world has attempted to translate that into English characters/spelling and prononciations in different ways.


  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

  • 1 pound sweet, unsalted butter

  • 1 pound plus 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1-1/2 fluid ouces (1 jigger) cognac

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 cups cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Melt the butter and place in refrigerator to cool until soft but not entirely solid. Add 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar and beat at high speed for 45 seconds. Butter should be very, very pale, almost white. Continue to beat, adding in egg yolks, cognac and vanilla. Remove bowl from stand mixer and stir in nuts, cake flour and baking powder. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If the dough is sticky, continue adding flour a few tablespoons at a time. Shape about a tablespoon of dough into a ball or crescent, place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Cookies should not get more than a scant color. Remove cookies from pan to cooling rack. Sift powdered sugar over the cookies. After cookies cool, roll each one in powdered sugar. Repeat the rolling in sugar procedure a second time. Place each cookie in a muffin cup for serving.


  • These cookies keep extremely well when stored in an airtight container and kept in a cool spot. If you store them, refresh with a bit of sifted powdered sugar.
  • You can replace the cognac with brandy, ouzo or vodka.
  • Originally posted in 1996 by “BesBaklava” to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com. Bes says this recipe: “took an honorable mention in this year’s Chicago Tribune Christmas Cookie Contest, judged by none other than Julia Child!”
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sooooooo good
- mary
I tried other recipes and the cookies did not come out as well. mainly because this recipe was more descriptive with the texture of the mix as you make it. When I made them following these directions, my kourambiethes came out much better.
- A Baker
This recipe turned out horrible for me. I followed it exactly. The cookie was awful. Mushy, yuck. Something is very wrong.
- A Baker
very good flavor, but very dry. still good though!
- Jordan in Tennessee
- A Baker
Way too much butter in this recipe. The cookies literally disintegrate when picking up. I will keep looking elsewhere.
- baker in UK
Great Greek Xmas cookie. Tasty and authentic!
- A Baker
Jordan must not be greek,,,,they are supposed to be dry
- A Baker
- A Baker
The cookies were delicious. :-)
- susansimon  
I Love Baking and I all ways look for new and different goodies. Cookies are my Weakness, so I made these Greek cookies, and absolutely Loved them.
- Linda in California
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