Yield: 40 Cookies
Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Cookie) Recipe

Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Cookie) Recipe

A perfect Christmas treat, classic Kourabiedes are Greek buttery shortbread-like almond cookies that melt in your mouth. This easy recipe comes together with just a few ingredients.


  • 2 cups (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened, plus 4 tablespoons (2 ounces)
  • 1 pound slivered almonds, chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, as needed, for dusting cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in the chopped slivered almonds. Let almonds simmer in the butter, stirring continuously, until they are fragrant; about 1 or 2 minutes. Place in a clean bowl to cool.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed for 5 minutes. Gradually add the egg yolks, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla. Add 1⁄2 cup of the flour. On low speed, gradually add the almonds and enough of the additional flour to form a dough that is not greasy and is easy to work with.
  3. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls or crescents. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
  4. Place a heaping amount of confectioners’ sugar on a piece of parchment or wax paper. Toss cookies in confectioners’ sugar. Coat generously. Place each cookie into a baking cup prior to serving. Store in an airtight container.
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October 17, 2021 — Mary DiSomma