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Kourabiedes: Greek Christmas Cookies With Almonds and Cashews



Kourabiedes are a type of Greek shortbread cookie that is made with nuts, especially almonds. They are traditionally made for Christmas, Easter, and christenings.

This particular recipe is a little bit different from the traditional version. In addition to almonds, it calls for cashews. It also contains a splash of tequila! It makes for a crunchy and yummy cookie.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour

30 min

1 hour 30 min

~ 80 cookies


  • 1 kilogram all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 500 gr fresh cow butter
  • 300 gr white crystal sugar
  • 3-4 vanilla capsules
  • 1 teaspoon soda powder
  • 250 white almonds, chopped and roasted
  • 200 cashews, chopped and roasted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100 gr tequila
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. In a nonstick pan, roast the almonds and cashews. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg yolks and tequila. Continue blending.
  4. Add baking powder, baking soda, vanilla capsules and flour. Keep stirring and then add the roasted nuts. When you have a homogenized dough, you are ready to start making cookies by hand.
  5. Bake at 170 C degrees for approximately 20 minutes. They should have a faint golden color.
  6. Allow them to cool; then sift with icing sugar.

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© 2020 Margarita Iliadis

Please share your comments about kourabiedes...

Margarita Iliadis (author) on December 21, 2020:

Oh yes, I prefer them than any other cookie I've tried!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2020:

I'll bet that these cookies taste as good as they look. Yum!

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