This kourabiedes recipe makes crescent-shaped Greek butter cookies.

3 dozen


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup finely chopped blanched almonds

  • 36 whole cloves

  • cup confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. Sift flour and baking powder together into a bowl.

  2. Cream butter in a mixing bowl. Gradually beat in 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolk, brandy, and vanilla; beat until very light. Stir in almonds.

  3. Gradually blend in flour mixture until a soft, smooth dough forms. Cover and chill until dough can easily be handled, about 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).

  5. Shape level tablespoonfuls of chilled dough into crescents and place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Insert a whole clove into the center of each crescent.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 25 to 30 minutes, switching racks halfway through; do not brown.

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets.

  8. Dust generously with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

92 Calories
6g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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