Posted on: Dec 15, 2016

Traditional Christmas Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes)

Mike Klianis

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1 cup dairy butter
1 cup margarine
½ cup powder sugar
1 sachet vanilla
4 mug all purpose flour
1 cup blanched and roasted almonds, chopped
Rose water
Powder sugar for rolling


First, put in the mixer the 2 kinds of butters and mix until they become white.

Mix the vanilla and the chopped almonds with the flour and after stopping the mixer, slowly add the flour to the butter.

*Do not knead too much because else the kourampiedes will become hard.
*If the dough is soft and sticky, add a little more flour until you can knead it without problems.

Roll out the dough into balls and put them on the baking tray;

Bake about 30 minutes at 175 degrees (until they get a soft pink color).

As soon as you take them out of the oven, put them on a piece of aluminum foil on which you have already spread powder sugar. Sprinkle them with rose water and sieve enough powder sugar on their top. Let them cool off !

Have fun & merry Christmas!

Mike Klianis

My name is Katerina Zahari and I was born in noisy Athens, in beautiful Greece. I have studied Philology, Laography, History / Archaeology & History of Art at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I did my first professional steps preparing students for their introduction examinations to Greek Universities and tutoring children of immigrants who needed to follow Greek school. That was love on first sight: to discover your language further than the limits you imagined that exist, to transfer your language and your culture to other people and to accept their language and culture as a life' s lesson. All these years I have worked in big institutes and cultural centers teaching expats, executives or diplomats. They learned from me Greek and I learned from them to love multiculturality. Every step in my career was a new challenge which brought me more experience and extra knowledge. Since 2013 I live in Amsterdam, in the green Netherlands. Here you experience multiculturality every day and Dutch people love my country and admire her civilization. That make me happy and ready for the next step which still remains a challenge : ''Lato''. Lato is a culture center which has the ambition to bring Greece closer to her friends in the Nederland.