Greek crescent cookies are flaky, not too sweet

RECIPE FINDER

April 20, 2005|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Nelda Ring from Eldersburg was looking for a recipe for Greek crescent cookies. Laura Braly from St. Augustine Beach, Fla., sent in her grandmother's recipe for the traditional Greek cookie known as Kourabiethes. Her grandmother immigrated to this country from Athens in the 1920s and brought with her many outstanding recipes.

These delicious shortbread cookies are popular for celebrations like weddings, Christmas and the Greek Orthodox Easter.

This recipe makes an outstanding cookie that is flaky and not too sweet. It is most typically baked in a crescent shape or S shape. I also tried rolling them into balls and they were equally good.

The dough is easy to work with but the cookies are rather fragile once baked, so handle gently.

Kourabiethes

Makes 3 dozen to 4 dozen

1 pound sweet butter

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar plus 1 pound box confectioners' sugar for topping (divided use)

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup orange juice

1 ounce brandy, whiskey or ouzo (optional)

3 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup ground almonds

Allow butter to soften. Beat with an electric mixer until white and creamy (10 minutes). Add 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, orange juice and brandy, if using. Continue beating until blended thoroughly.

Sift flour and cornstarch together and add to butter mixture while mixer is running. Continue mixing or kneading for 5 minutes on low speed. Add nuts last.

Pinch off small pieces of dough and shape into crescents, S shapes or balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1/2 inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Sift 1 cup confectioners' sugar onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Place the hot cookies onto the sugar then dust the top with more sifted sugar.

Per serving (based on 3 dozen cookies): 154 calories; 2 grams protein; 11 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 13 grams carbohydrate; 0 grams fiber; 33 milligrams cholesterol; 73 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

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