Kourabiedes - Greek New Year's Cookies Recipe
Kourabiedes - Greek New Year's Cookies
Flavors of Greece
Total time: more than 2 hours

Preheat the oven at 180°C. (350°F.)
Prep. time: 15 minutes
Waiting time: 3 hours
Baking time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note


These soft, thick cookies are traditionally served on New Year's Day.



- 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) flour
- 400 g (14 oz.) butter
- 100 g (3 1/2 oz.) sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 4 tbsp. brandy
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 450 g (1 lb.) icing sugar
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar; add all the other ingredients except the cloves and icing sugar; knead the dough by hand to achieve a fairly smooth texture;*
  2. make into small flattened balls or use a cookie cutter to form cookies about 6 mm thick;** place a clove in the centre of each cookie;
  3. place the cookies on a buttered baking sheet and bake at 180° C (350° F) for about 20 minutes;
  4. remove from the oven, let cool and sprinkle with icing sugar;
  5. arrange on a plate in stacked layers to form a mound.

*if the dough is too dense, add a few drops of brandy; if it is too soft, add a touch more flour

**refrigerate for thirty minutes before using a cookie cutter.


A sweet wine (e.g., from Samos) to stay with the Greek theme or a Maury, Banyuls or Roussillon

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