Kourambiedes (Greek Sugar Cookies) Recipe

Get your Greek on with these sweet sugary treats!

GreekCookies Kourambiedes (Greek Sugar Cookies) Recipe

Happy weekend weheartsters! This Friday we’ve got a sweet recipe courtesy of Sue George, the founder of Harvard Sweet Boutique to share with all of you. We love a time-tested family recipe, and this one for Kourambiedes aka Greek Sugar Cookies has been passed down for generations. These cookies are light and melt in your mouth delicious – and they would make a great DIY gift this Valentine’s Day!

Kourambiedes (Greek Sugar Cookies)

(Makes about 3 dozen cookies)

1/2 lb. unsalted butter
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus additional for sifting on top
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Beat butter at high speed until creamy, light & fluffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. This is what makes these cookies extra special because they are extremely light.

2. Add egg yolk, brandy and vanilla and beat until smooth.

3. Whisk together the flour with 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, baking powder, cloves and salt.

4. Add flour/sugar to butter mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed until just incorporated.

5. Transfer dough to plastic wrap and roll into a two inch log. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm (at least one hour).

6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

7. Unwrap the dough and roll into smooth cylinder. Slice crosswise into approximately 3 dozen cookies and arrange on prepared sheets.

8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until slightly golden on bottom of cookie. Let cookies cool on the sheets for about 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Sift liberal amount confectioners’ sugar on top of cookies.

Tip: These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

Don’t have the time or energy to bake? Check out the Harvard Sweet Boutique and shop their delish assortment of dessert gift packages stuffed with gourmet cookies, toffee, and brownies. You can even join the Monthly Sweet Treat Club to receive regular shipments of goodies that are made fresh, by hand, in small batches. And thanks to Sue for sharing here “secret” Greek Sugar Cookies family recipe!

Readers – what are your family’s favorite cookie recipes?

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    Kourambiedes are my favorite cookie! They really do melt in your mouth, and every Greek family has its own version of the recipe. My Yia Yia (grandmother) never put brandy in hers, and I can’t wait to give it a try. Efharistó poli!

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