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Kourambiedes – Greek almond cookie recipe

    Kourambiedis opened to show the crumb

    Classic Greek Almond Cookies

    Kourambiedis have always been my favourite Greek cookie/confection. One of the best parts of holiday dinners was unwrapping the packages from the bakery on Broadway in Greektown and sneaking an early piece or two. I loved them enough that it was one of the things I learned to make early in my teens for family parties.

    Some recipes make kourambiedis with slivered almonds, but I prefer the crumblyness that is given by substituting part of the wheat flour with almond flour aka almond meal.

    Kourambiedis - Almond cookies in iicing sugar
    Kourambiedis Almond cookies in iicing sugar
    Kourambiedis opened to show the crumb

    Kourambiedis – Greek almond shortbread cookies

    These shortbread cookies are served coated in powdered sugar at Christmas and special celebrations throughout the year.
    Prep Time: 45 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Cuisine: Greek
    Keyword: Shortbread, Greek, Christmas
    Servings: 60 cookies


    • 1 lb butter
    • 1/4 cup icing sugar
    • 1 lb flour remove 1 cup to allow for the almond flour
    • 1 cup almond meal
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp Baking powder


    • A food processer is great for this recipe. Shortbread is all about lightness and a food processor really helps to whip the ingredients together. Otherwise, an electric mixer and/or a very strong arm.

    MIxing the dough

    • Remove one cup of flour from the weighed pound, and replace it with the almond flour, mixing the two together with the icing sugar
    • Whip the butter until it is light and fluffy
    • Beat the vanilla and egg into the butter and whip until they are fully incorporated
    • Add the flour/almond mixture in stages, using the food processor for as much of this as possible
    • After mixing the dough, smooth it into a ball and wrap it in plastic to keep it from drying out while you store it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight

    Shaping and baking the cookies

    • Preheat the oven to 325º
    • Scoop out small amouns of the dough and shape them into a ball or an oblong around the size of a walnut
    • Place them on a baking sheet
    • Traditionally, you place a clove in the cookie where it would indicate a cross, in the top third of an oblong, or the centre of the circle. This also flavours the cookie as it bakes. The clove is removed to eat the cookie
    • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 325º
    • Watch them carefully for the last 5 minutes to make sure they don't brown.

    Finishing the cookies

    • When the cookies are completely cooled, sift icing sugar over them until they are covered.
    • They are tasty right away, but get better after they have aged a day or so.


    Kourambiedis - Almond cookies in iicing sugar
    Kourambiedis Almond cookies in iicing sugar
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