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Kourampiedes, Greek Christmas butter cookies

Greece ● 05 December 2016
 

Together with melomakarona, kourampiedes are the most popular Christmas delicacy in Greece. These sweet and small butter cookies with rose water and the aroma of melted butter will definitely set you on festive mood. The recipe is simpler than melomakarona, and everyone can prepare kourampiedes, but no one can resist eating them.

Ingredients

250g. cow milk butter

100g. sugar

100g. almonds

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsps. ouzo

1 tbsp. rose water

500g. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 kg. icing sugar for powdering

Kourampiedes

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven at 200 C. Place the almonds whole or roughly chopped, depending on whether you want the cookies to have whole or chopped almonds inside, on a baking tray, and bake them for 7 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.

2. Mix the butter with the icing sugar for 20 minutes, using an electric mixer until the butter is creamy like whipped cream. In this step, it is very important to remember that the butter should be at room temperature.

3. Add the vanilla extract, the rose water, the ouzo and the baked almonds and blend.

4. In another bowl, blend the flour with the baking powder. Gradually, add this mixture in the butter mixture (steps 2 and 3) while you use the mixer.

5. When the ingredients are combined, work the mixture with your hands until the dough is soft.

6. Form the dough into small balls, and place them on a baking tray.

7. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 C. until the kourampiedes have a faint golden tint. Be careful not to burn them. After the baking, leave them aside to cool down.

8. Dip the kourampiedes in the sugar, rolling them around so that the sugar sticks on all sides.

Enjoy this traditional Greek delicacy and treat your family and friends. They will adore it because it smells like Christmas.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

Hotel in Argos, Greece Morfeas Hotel
Morfeas Hotel
2, Danaou str., 21200 Argos, Greece

Morfeas Hotel is in a central location in Argos, 14 km away from Mycenae and 12 km away from Nafplio. The property is close to supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The International Airport of Kalamata is 128 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.


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