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Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) image

Traditionally baked for Christmas and Easter festivities, these buttery shortbread cookies call for a trio of classic Greek ingredients: almonds, honey, and a special liqueur made from the resin of the mastic tree.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Yield Makes about 45

Number Of Ingredients 9

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup slivered blanched almonds, toasted and finely chopped
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey, preferably Greek
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup mastiha liqueur, such as Skinos


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour, almonds, confectioners' sugar, and salt into a medium bowl.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and honey on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and lemon zest. (It may not come together fully until you add flour mixture.) Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with mastiha.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough; roll into a ball. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until brown around edges, about 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely. Roll cookies in confectioners' sugar until thoroughly coated. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Ludi Bridges
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Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Karim Bahar
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I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cookie.

Suresh Chandrakumar
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These cookies are perfect for any occasion.

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I've tried other recipes for Greek butter cookies, but this one is by far the best.

Joseph Chidzambwa
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These cookies were easy to make and turned out great! I will definitely be making them again.

Antonio Martnez
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Not bad

Muna Chukwuma
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These were a little too sweet for my taste, but otherwise they were good.

Jewelz Thomas
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I've made these cookies several times now, and they're always a hit. Everyone loves them!

ISI Kings Gaming
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Easy to make and delicious!

Mr Ashish
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OMG!!! These were scrumptious. My family and I enjoyed the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of these cookies.