6.12.10

Last Day of Holiday Baking Recipes: Yummy Greek Butter Cookies


This is the fifth and final post in a series I called Five Days of Holiday Baking. I'm sharing my favorite holiday baking recipes and hope you've enjoyed what I've posted so far. For my last recipe, I'm sharing delicious Greek Butter Cookies - also known as Kourabiethes. It comes from a dear Greek friend of mine who lives in New Hampshire. Her mom graciously shared it with me years ago when I spent one Christmas at their house during my college days. A Greek recipe is an appropriate celebration, as I just put the finishing touches on soapmaking classes and natural skincare classes in Greece for April 2011! Hope you'll check the classes out and think about joining me for a very special trip.

Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiethes)
Yields approx. 4 dozen cookies

1 cup butter

1/3 cup confectioner's sugar

1 egg yolk

1 Tbsp. vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

whole cloves (optional)


Cream butter and confectioner's sugar. Add egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well. Gradually add flour and blend well. Chill 3-4 hours or overnight. Shape into 1-inch balls and flatten slightly to about 1/4". Insert whole clove (optional - but delish!) in center of each cookie.


Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cookies are done when there is a bit of golden color around the edges.
Sift additional confectioner's sugar over warm cookies.

Hope you enjoyed my Five Days of Holiday Baking! Now I'm off to make all of these recipes for friends and family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~Marla
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