My sister-in-law’s mother makes these amazing cookies every year at Christmas and, truth be told, I look forward to it all year. They are reminiscent of Mexican Wedding Cookies but use roasted almonds instead of pecans and have a lighter texture. These cookies melt in your mouth and are absolutely addictive.
Kourambiedes (Greek Christmas Cookies)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Total Carbohydrates 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Whip the butter, egg, powdered sugar and baking powder at high speed until very creamy and smooth (about 8-9 minutes). This is the most important part of the process! Add the liquor and almonds. Beat for an additional 4-5 minutes.
Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is smooth and silky and no longer sticks. Don't add too much flour or the cookies will be tough.
Shape the cookies into small crescents (or 1" cylinders). Keep in mind that these need to be one bite so don't make them too large. These have a very delicate texture so they may "melt in your hand" if multiple bites are required. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should be a pale beige-golden color. Do not brown! Cool slightly.
Remove cookies from cookie sheets in batches and put them in a baking dish with a shallow layer of powdered sugar in the bottom. Sift additional powdered sugar over the top and carefully move them to a serving platter/dish.