Kourabiedes


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As I promised you, I made the real kourabiedes and I am giving you the recipe today! Kourabiedes along with Melomakarona and Diples are the traditional Christmas sweets we eat these festive days! I followed the recipe by Stelios Parliaros the famous Greek pastry chef and I wasn’t disappointed! They were so good I was unable to stop eating them! They are very easy to make and I am sure you can find all the ingredients in your local stores! If you wish to present something different from the ordinary to your festive table or if you want to experiment in your kitchen, do try these Greek cookies and you won’t regret it. Usually, Kourabiedes are made with goat butter, but the taste of this is very intense for my taste so I used the plain, usual butter we use in our cooking and baking! As I am watching now the little snowfalls, it is like they go and land on these snow-white kourabiedes, isn’t it? But enough with talking, let’s go and make these little treats!

 

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Kourabiedes

Ingredients

300 gr./10.5 oz butter

110 gr./4 oz caster sugar

600 gr./21 oz all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

 

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1 tsp vanilla extract

25 gr./1 oz cognac or black rum

125 gr./4.5 oz blanched almonds

Blossom water for spraying

Caster sugar for dusting

 

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 160 C/320 F.

Put the almonds in a pan and bake them for 5 to 7 minutes until they take a golden color.

Let them cool and put them in between a parchment paper and break them in pieces with the roll pin or any other heavy object.

In the mixer we put the butter and the caster sugar and we mix for 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes in high speed. The more we beat the batter the more fluffy they will become.

Turn off the mixer and throw the flour and the baking powder.

 

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Mix until they are incorporated and also pour the cognac or rum.

Finally, throw the almonds and mix for a few seconds until they are incorporated to the dough.

The dough should be a slightly sticky one, but not one that you cannot work with.

 

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We take approximately 35 gr./1 oz of the dough and make rounded balls.

Bake in a preheated oven at 160 C – 170 C / 320 F – 340 F for about 20 to 30 minutes maximum.

The kourabiedes come out of the oven white and without any golden color.

While they are hot spray them with blossom water.

Let them cool completely and dust a lot of caster sugar on top.

 

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5.0 from 6 reviews

Kourabiedes
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Cookies

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 gr./10.5 oz butter
  • 110 gr./4 oz caster sugar
  • 600 gr./21 oz all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25 gr./1 oz cognac or black rum
  • 125 gr./4.5 oz blanched almonds
  • Blossom water for spraying
  • Caster sugar for dusting

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C/320 F.
  2. Put the almonds in a pan and bake them for 5 to 7 minutes until they take a golden color.
  3. Let them cool and put them in between a parchment paper and break them in pieces with the roll pin or any other heavy object.
  4. In the mixer we put the butter and the caster sugar and we mix for 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes in high speed. The more we beat the batter the more fluffy they will become.
  5. Turn off the mixer and throw the flour and the baking powder.
  6. Mix until they are incorporated and also pour the cognac or rum.
  7. Finally, throw the almonds and mix for a few seconds until they are incorporated to the dough.
  8. The dough should be a slightly sticky one, but not one that you cannot work with.
  9. We take approximately 35 gr./1 oz of the dough and make rounded balls.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 C – 170 C / 320 F – 340 F for about 20 to 30 minutes maximum.
  11. The kourabiedes come out of the oven white and without any golden color.
  12. While they are hot spray them with blossom water.
  13. Let them cool completely and dust a lot of caster sugar on top.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe by Stelios Parliaros.

5.0 from 6 reviews

Κουραμπιέδες
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 γρ. βούτυρο
  • 120 γρ. αμύγδαλα αποφλοιωμένα
  • 110 γρ. ζάχαρη άχνη + αρκετή ακόμη για πασπάλισμα
  • 25 γρ. ρούμι μαύρο ή κονιάκ
  • 600 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • ½ κουτ. γλυκού μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • Ανθόνερο

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βάλτε τα αμύγδαλα στο φούρνο, πάνω σε λαδόκολλα, και ψήστε στους 160° C, στις αντιστάσεις (όχι στο γκριλ), για 5-7 λεπτά.
  2. Αφήστε τα να κρυώσουν και κοπανίστε τα σε χοντρά κομμάτια βάζοντάς τα ανάμεσα σε δύο φύλλα λαδόκολλας και χτυπώντας τα με τον πλάστη.
  3. Βάλτε στο μίξερ το βούτυρο με την άχνη ζάχαρη και τα χτυπήστε με το φτερό σε δυνατή ταχύτητα για περίπου 20 λεπτά, μέχρι το μείγμα να γίνει σαν ρευστή κρέμα (όσο περισσότερο χτυπάμε το μείγμα, τόσο πιο αφράτοι και τραγανοί θα γίνουν οι κουραμπιέδες).
  4. Σταματήστε το χτύπημα, ρίξτε το αλεύρι και το μπέικιν πάουντερ και συνεχίστε το χτύπημα σε χαμηλή ταχύτητα για άλλα 10 λεπτά, προσθέτοντας και το ρούμι (ή το κονιάκ).
  5. Το μείγμα θα πρέπει να είναι μαλακό, ελαφρώς κολλώδες, αλλά όχι τόσο που να μην πλάθεται, διαφορετικά θα πρέπει να συνεχίσετε το χτύπημα για λίγα ακόμη λεπτά.
  6. Τέλος ρίχνουμε τα αμύγδαλα και ξαναχτυπάμε για ελάχιστα δευτερόλεπτα.
  7. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 160° – 170° C.
  8. Παίρνουμε γύρω στα 35 γρ. και πλάθουμε τους κουραμπιέδες.
  9. Βάλτε τους κουραμπιέδες σε σειρές στο ταψί πάνω σε λαδόκολλα.
  10. Ψήστε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 160° – 170° C για 20 – 30 λεπτά, ανάλογα με το μέγεθος που τους πλάσατε.
  11. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο και ψεκάστε με ανθόνερο.
  12. Αφήστε να κρυώσουν πολύ καλά.
  13. Βάλτε μπόλικη άχνη σε ένα μπολ και ρίξτε εκεί λίγους-λίγους τους κρύους κουραμπιέδες (αν είναι ζεστοί, θα νοτίσει η άχνη και δεν θα φαίνονται ωραίοι). Φέρτε τους 3 – 4 «βόλτες» μέσα στην άχνη ώστε να καλυφθούν καλά και τοποθετήστε σε μία πιατέλα, σε στρώσεις, πασπαλίζοντας ενδιάμεσα κάθε στρώση με λίγη ακόμη άχνη.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή του Στέλιου Παρλιάρου.

 

38 Responses to Kourabiedes

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  1. Kathy says:

    Oh my gosh…these look so heavenly!! I just printed your recipe…can’t wait to give them a try! Happy New Year, Katerina!

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  3. One of my favorite cookies, they look amazing! For some reason I always inhale the powdered sugar on that first bite with makes us all laugh, makes me smile to think of these. Delicious!
    Merry Christmas, Katerina, to you and your family. Wishing you a very happy New Year!

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  5. Ζ. says:

    Καλά Χριστούγεννα κι Ευτυχισμένα Κατερίνα μου!

    Z.

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  7. Iglika says:

    I made them, I looked for this taste, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  9. Ambreen says:

    Katerina, they look really pretty and delicious! The snowfall effect looks great too. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

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  11. LinsFood says:

    Katerina, these look so delicious, I am going to try them at some point, I’m sure!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2013!

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  13. Vita says:

    Καλά Χριστούγεννα Κατερίνα! Με υγεία και ευτυχία!

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  15. The kourabiedes look delicious! A perfect holiday treat to give to friends and family.
    Have a wonderful holiday.

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  17. Sandi says:

    Ohh how pretty, love the added snow effect coming down over your pretty pictures!
    A merry merry Christmas to you and your family :)

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  19. grace says:

    i’ve never seen blossom water, but it sounds like an awesome addition to some already-fabulous cookies! :)

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  21. What a wonderful cookie. I love traditional cookies and these looks so elegant for the holidays.

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  23. mjskit says:

    Oh how I love these cookies! Thanks for sharing a traditional recipe. I’ve always wanted to make these!!!!

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  25. Joanne says:

    These are some of my favorite holiday cookies! Yum!

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  27. Katerina, what a delicious treat! And so beautiful… I love the “snow” you put on your blog, I prefer it this way but not on a ground, which may happen tomorrow…

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  29. Reeni says:

    Ah, so here are the wonderful kourabiedes you were telling me about! A vision of loveliness! I like that they have cognac in them – I’ve never seen that before in these type of cookies.

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  31. Nadji says:

    Il y a un gâteau similaire qui s’appelle Ghraybé que l’on trouve aussi bien au Maghreb qu’au Moyen-Orient.
    Il va falloir que j’essaye la version grecque.
    Délicieux.
    See soon.

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  33. Susan says:

    Oh, Katerina, these look amazing! They’re a close relative to my favorite Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Russian Tea Cakes. Just perfect!

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  35. MayMoh says:

    These look very Christmassy! Love them. I don’t think I can stop eating at one. Would be so good with a cup of tea in this cold weather.

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  37. Asmita says:

    Pretty cookies! Love them.

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  39. Susan says:

    They look wonderful, Katerina! What a delicious treat with the rum and almonds – yum.

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  41. Μarion says:

    Ηρθαν και οι χιονισμένοι κουραμπιέδες.

    Τέλειοι έγιναν Κατερίνα μου και τραγανοί όπως βλέπω στο δαγκωμένο κουραμπιέ :)

    Και του χρόνου με υγεία να τους ξανακάνεις.

    Φιλιά πολλά

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  43. These snowball cookies are simply irresistible!

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  45. Iglika says:

    Thanks for sharing, I like so much these Kourabiedes! Have a nice Christmas!

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  47. those are gorgeous! they sound super delicious and look like little snowballs :)

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  49. With your blog having the snow flakes going on (by the way that’s so pretty!), your kourabiedes looked absolutely gorgeous. I can literary staring at these. SO pretty and delicious, Katerina!

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  51. Great looking cookies Katerina! I love the “snow” piled high on top :)

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  53. Xara says:

    Hi Katerina, they look so light and fluffy, “και του χρόνου”! I L-O-V-E your snowflakey background!!! XOXO

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  55. Sissi says:

    These white kourabiedes look so cute! Like fluffy snow balls! (Although i suppose there is not much snow in Greece ;-) ). Thank you for sharing another lovely Greek recipe.

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  57. mari says:

    Κατερίνα τους έκανες τέλειους και οπωσδήποτε νόστιμους.
    Και του χρόνου να είσαι καλά, γεια στα χέρια σου
    Φιλιά

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  59. Ria says:

    As always I am so impressed with your creation and this one is totally mouth watering.
    Rita

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  61. Juliana says:

    Katerina, these cookies look great…like the combination of textures…melting with the crunchy almonds…yum!
    Have a great week my dear :)

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  63. Oh I so love these sweets. Glad to have the recipe. When I was younger my dad has his company and had a lot of Greek workers. He always brought some of these home that his employees had given him.

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  65. mm_skg says:

    Υπεροχοι!
    Ανασκουμπωνομαι να φτιαξω κι εγω!

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  67. Beth says:

    What beautiful little cookies! Just perfect for Christmas.

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  69. This looks great with all the almonds inside!

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  72. Eri says:

    Φανταστικοί είναι Κατερίνα μου, φαίνεται ότι είναι απο αυτους που λιώνουν στο στόμα! Καλές γιορτές!

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  74. Katerina, absolutely beautiful!!!

    I have never added baking powder to the kourabethies, I am def. trying your recipe.
    *kisses* Have a great week!

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