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Delicious Kourambiethes Recipe

Kourambiethes Recipe

Looking for a delicious kourambiethes recipe? We’ve got you covered with one that will certainly add a bit of sweet, Greek flair to your Holiday baking.

Kourambiethes are Greek Christmas cookies, and we’ve got a great recipe to share! These delicious festive treats are a house favourite among Greeks during the Christmas holidays, and families love the tradition of baking them together. Over the holiday season, you’re bound to find these delicious holiday treats in most Greek homes. And luckily for you, they’re fairly easy to make!

Like adding a traditional flair to your holiday baking? Or maybe you just crave the taste of home over the holidays? Then be sure to read on to discover our recipe for Kourambiethes!

Delicious Kourambiethes recipe

Delicious Kourambiethes recipe

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 20 mins


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon brandy (can substitute with orange juice)
  • 2 cups flour


  • Preheat oven to 350° F & line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place butter in a bowl and whip until light & fluffy, (10-15 minutes).*
  • Add egg yolk and blend with whipped butter.
  • Add in ¼ cup powdered sugar, vanilla, and brandy. Mix well.
  • Add flour and mix until dough is soft. Use more flour as needed.
  • Form dough into small balls (or whatever size you like).
  • Pinch centre of dough ball to flatten a bit, and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are golden brown.**
  • While the kourambiethes are baking, cover serving plates with powdered sugar.
  • Remove from oven and place on cooling rack for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place kourambiethes on serving plates.
  • Sprinkle remaining powdered sugar over them – the more the better!
  • Enjoy!


Traditionally, almonds are added to this recipe either by placing one within each cookie (rolling the dough around the almond so it’s inside), or using almond flour (see comments below). We prefer them without almonds, so adjust accordingly.

*Make sure to really whip the butter. This is an important step!
**The cookies themselves won’t turn golden brown.

Kourambiethes Recipe

We’re sure you’ll enjoy making these delicious cookies with our easy recipe. Bringing a bit of Greece to your holiday tradition with our fantastic kourambiethes recipe might even become your new tradition!

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