by Niki Kefala
Christmas time is upon us and in Greece one of the most popular desserts that are made during the holiday season, are kourabiedes.
They are made of flour, sugar, butter and almonds and covered with powdered sugar, which make them look like a snowball. After all it is winter!
Nutritionally, kourabiedes are a healthy dessert if consumed with moderation. It contains potassium, sodium, proteins, calcium and iron and also vitamin A. Not bad for a sweet delicacy, don’t you think?
Greeks typically make a big batch of these sweets and they last through the whole holiday season, so there is no pressure to eat all of them in a week! One kourabies has 148 calories, so you must be careful of how many you eat.
Check out the recipe and this Christmas might not be snowy, but your home will be!
- 1 cup butter
- 4 cups + ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy or ouzo
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup chopped almonds (optional)
1. Preheat oven at 180º Celsius
2. In a large bowl whip the butter until is fluffy. Add the ½ cup powdered sugar gradually. Continue mixing and add the egg yolk and the cognac or ouzo. In another bowl sift flour and mix well with the baking powder, add the chopped almonds. Add the flour mixture to the butter and mix.
3. Make small round shapes.
4. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. Be careful not to over bake them.
5. Dip each kourabie in the sugar mixture making and be sure they are well covered with sugar. Then place them on a large platter.
Good luck and happy baking!