Greek Almond Cookies

Mum and I had a baking session together yesterday which we do every year and we made some cookies which have been in my life for as long as I can remember.
Though I don’t eat them now, I still enjoy making them and sharing them with others.

These are traditional almond cookies which are called “kourabiethes” and this is a recipe mum has used for many a years. They are normally a crescent shape but we went for a round shape this time.


Greek Almond Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 25 cookies
  • 250g softened butter
  • 2 cups of pure icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla extract
  • 100g blanched, chopped almonds
  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • rose water
  • icing sugar to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and icing sugar until its soft and fluffy
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix
  4. Add chopped almond pieces and flour, ensuring the dough comes together
  5. Remove dough from bowl, ensuring it is not too soft and sticky. It needs to be workable but also not too stiff
  6. Form into a large ball
  7. Scoop out walnut sized pieces of dough and form into balls or crescent shapes
  8. Place on a lined baking tray, allowing space between cookies
  9. Place into oven and cook for about 15-20 mins
  10. When cookies are slightly golden remove from oven and spray with rose water
  11. Dust cookies with a generous amount of pure icing sugar


mmmm enjoy, I can smell the rosewater throughout the house as I type ♥