Recipe of the Week: Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes are special Greek Christmas cookies made with butter and almonds and dusted with powdered sugar, kourabiedes are melomakarona’s best friends!

Almost always served with a powdered sugar topping, you cannot spend Christmas in Greece without having at least one!

  • Prep Time: 45minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 60 cookies
  • Nutrition information: 201 cal, 10 g fat, 4 g protein


  • 2½ cups or 500 grams of butter
  • 3 cups roasted unsalted almonds
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour
  • ½ cup cognac or brandy
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C.
  2. Crush the almonds into pieces.
  3. Beat the butter, egg yolks, and sugar.
  4. Add the cognac or brandy, cinnamon and almonds.
  5. Add the flour one cup at a time and mix everything together.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
  7. Roll it into balls or other shapes and place them on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake the cookies for 25-30 minutes, checking to make sure they do not burn.
  9. Place the baked cookies on a plate.
  10. Take the powdered sugar one cup at a time and dust the cookies until the tops are completely covered.
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