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Kourabiedes – Greek Butter Cookies

December 2, 2016

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) usually appear at weddings, birthdays, or various holidays such as Christmas, Easter and other. They are melt-in-your-mouth tender, buttery, with a hint of brandy and cloves. Oh and these beauties are stuffed with pistachios!

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

A few days ago I got an email from a fellow blogger Sarah, who runs a blog in the same niche as mine (cooking food from all over the world) called Curious Cuisiniere. In fact, she contacted me almost two months ago but I saw her message only now. Oops. She invited me to join the annual International Cookie Exchange (Virtual) hosted by herself where a group of bloggers will be sharing cookie recipes from various countries. I couldn’t resist such an offer even though there were only 4 days left until the exchange (it takes place on December 2nd). It’s my first time participating in such events as a blogger so I am super excited!

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

The cookies I picked for this event come from one of my most favorite countries to cook from – Greece. They are called Kourabiedes and are traditionally made on Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. Well, that’s a perfect timing! A few weeks ago I made these beautiful Italian Christmas Cookies and now I’ll have one more idea for my Christmas table.

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

Kourabiedes are also known as simply Greek Butter Cookies. Butter plays the main role in this recipe, but there are also honey, brandy, and plenty of pistachios! These nuts are crazy popular in Greece (do you remember Kataifi?) so I wasn’t surprised at all to stumble upon them in these cookies. Pistachios are used two times: a part of them is grounded in a food processor and added to the dough, while the other ones are inserted whole into each cookie. Actually, pistachios are not necessary for Kourabiedes. You can use almonds or walnuts instead.

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

Traditionally, these cookies are made with a whole clove inside, symbolizing the spices brought by the Magi (Three Wise Men) as a gift to baby Jesus. However, eating a whole clove is not the most pleasant experience in the world so many recipes omit it or substitute with a nut (like me). I still included ground cloves, though, so the historical connection is not completely lost.

These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

What can I say after tasting these beauties? These cookies are sooooo tender. They literally melt in your mouth! Oh and they taste fantastic: buttery, with a hint of brandy and cloves. At first, I thought that 30 cookies is too much for me and my wife but 10 minutes later I changed my mind, ha! Make these Greek butter cookies for Christmas, any other occasion, or simply any day you like. They will brighten up even the gloomiest days! These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com

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These Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) are usually made on Christmas or other holidays. They are tender, buttery, and stuffed with pistachios! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Kourabiedes - Greek Butter Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Kourabiedes, or Greek Butter Cookies, are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and stuffed with pistachios!

Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 34 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 108 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios + 34 whole nuts for stuffing
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar + more for dusting
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
Instructions
  1. In a bowl of a food processor, add the pistachios and confectioners' sugar and process for about 30 seconds, until the nuts are finely ground. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter, honey, and salt using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until creamy, for about 1 minute. Add the pistachio mixture, ground cloves, egg yolk, brandy, and vanilla extract and beat for a couple of minutes more. Now add the all-purpose flour at low speed. Cover the dough and let sit in a fridge for about 30 minutes, until firm enough to handle.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange them on the baking sheets. Insert a whole pistachio into each one of them. One sheet at a time, bake the cookies for 15-17 minutes.
  5. When done, transfter to a wire rack to cool completely. Sift the confectioners' sugar over the top until coated and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle

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20 Comments

  • Reply Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere December 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    These look so soft and tender! And I love the significance of the ingredients! We’re so glad that you could join us!

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      I am also happy that I’ve joined the exchange, Sarah!

  • Reply Wendy December 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    These are on my to make list for my Christmas Around the World posts going on for the 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies. Can’t wait to make them now!

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      You will love them, Wendy 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie@ApplesforCJ December 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I love pistachios so these sound like they’d be really good. They also look like the perfect Holiday cookie 🙂 Glad you were able to do the cookie exchange.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Stephanie! 🙂

  • Reply Giselle December 2, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    These cookies look awesome and I LOVE the photos. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Giselle!

  • Reply Lynn | The Road to Honey December 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Such a beautiful cookie Igor. Russian teacakes are my very favorite Christmas cookie and these Kourabiedes give a gentle nod to them. I love the inclusion of pistachios, brandy & cloves. I bend it lends a nice warm and comforting touch.

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I am happy you liked them, Lynn!

  • Reply Tina Jui | The Worktop December 2, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    These cookies look and sound delicious. I need to make a trip to Greece to get them in person!

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      That would be awesome, Tina!

  • Reply valentina December 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    These sound (& look) so lovely for the holiday season. I love the touch of spice and would have them all year long. 🙂

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Yes! They do not necessarily have to be made on Christmas or other holidays. Whenever you want 🙂

  • Reply Cindy December 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I’m up anytime for cookies with pistachios!

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      They are really delicious!

  • Reply Sujhey December 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    These look amazing! Great story and awesome pictures! I might ask my husband to include these cookies on his cookie batch this year. 🙂

    • Reply Igor December 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      You won’t regret it for sure 😉

  • Reply Tara December 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful Kourabiedes! Love the addition of the pistachios.

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Tara! Yeah, pistachios make everything better 🙂

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