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Kourabiedes

(Greek Almond Powdered Sugar Cookie)
A favorite of Anastasia Cavos, litigation paralegal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sweet butter
  • 6 tablespoons toasted almonds, chopped very fine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 jigger of whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Instructions

Beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 15 minutes.  Add egg yolk, flavorings, and almonds, beating until well-blended.  Remove from beater, and gradually add sifted flour to make a soft dough.

Pinch off pieces and shape carefully into various designs, crescent, round, etc.  Place on ungreased baking sheet pan 1 inch apart.  Bake in oven at 350℉ for 20 minutes or until slightly browned.  Allow to cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.   Carefully place on a flat surface, which has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies.  Cool.   Makes 5 dozen

WARNING – PREPARE TO HAVE POWDERED SUGAR EVERYWHERE

These cookies are super messy to make but they are always a staple in a Greek Holiday house or any day for that matter.  This recipe was passed to me in a Greek cookbook made by the members of our church ladies society called the Philoptochos.  They are a philanthropic group whose mission is to help people in need.  They have sponsored many programs throughout America for over 90 years.

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