Kourambiethes Recipe

Looking for a great holiday cookie recipe to make? This is the perfect one!!

Kourambiethes (Greek Christmas Cookies) 

Don’t let the long name full you. These cookies are light and melt in your mouth kind of cookie. Full of powdery sugar and goodness. Check out the wonderful recipe below.


  • 10 ounces of blanched almonds
  • 1 pound of sweet unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 shot glass of scotch
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C. Lightly toast the almonds in the oven.
  2. Chop the almonds and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter, egg yolks, 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar, and baking powder.
  4. Beat until creamy and smooth. (About 6 minutes)
  5. Add 1 3/4 cups of sifted flour to the butter mixture and knead.
  6. Add in the remaining flour.
  7. Knead the dough for about 8 minutes.
  8. Break off a piece of dough, the size of a walnut, and shape into a ball or oval.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough and place onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  10. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are pale and yellowish golden in color.
  11. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and cool on to a wire rack.
  12. Sift the confectioners sugar over the kourambiethes until they are completely doused in sugar.
  13. I usually store my cookies in a tin.

*Snack on these cookies while you are with family around the fire place. 



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    • Hi Fae,
      Very nice to hear for you. Yes they are very similar to Russian Tea Cookies. You know your cookies. 😉 The magazine is getting together nicely and can’t wait to show you. I am working on having a online version of it.


  1. These look really delicious traditional cookies. I am making these this afternoon. Love the idea of chopped almonds in the cookies which will add a crunchy texture. I have tried many Kourambiethes recipes, and most include finely ground almonds. I remember hearing about your Peppermint Kourambiedes. Please share the recipe!

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    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy them.
      The almonds do add a lovely texture, and always my favorite too. I toast my almonds too.

      Yes the peppermint cookies are to die for. Where did you hear about them? 🙂

      I will try to post that recipe soon.
      Cheers! 💗


  2. Christmas time is upon us once more! I love this recipe! Years ago I tuned in to a podcast of a radio show and you were talking about your new book. You mentioned the cookies and their peppermint filling. Been dreaming of them ever since!😂
    Is your book available in bookstores worldwide?

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  3. Yes! it was the Ellen Karis show. I tuned in for info on your new book as I just love Greek cookbooks. I read them like novels. I will be adding yours to my kitchen bookshelf. The recipes must be amazing.

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