These are great with a cup of coffee or tea.
You'll find these with and without a clove in the center. Photo © 2006 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 dozen (6 servings)

Each fall our local Greek churches hold festivals. One of the best things about the festivals is the food. There are always lots of Greek pastries for sale. Kourambiethes is one of my favorite Greek cookies. These cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Of course, they're good by themselves, too!


  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 jigger/3 tablespoons Brandy
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Optional: whole cloves
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and Brandy.

  3. Gradually only add enough flour to make a soft dough. Chill.

  4. Shape dough into crescents or 1-1/2 inch balls. (If using cloves, place one in each cookie before baking.)

  5. Place on un-greased sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes. They won't be brown.

  6. Cool for 4 to 5 minutes and then sift powdered sugar over them.

Thanks to Lila for contributing her recipe. She says that "for Easter I put them in pastel cupcake papers. You can substitute orange juice for brandy. If there is no brandy around rye whiskey will do."​