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Kourabiedes

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A platter of kourabiedes

Kourabiedes or Kourabiethes are butter cookies (biscuits) that resemble light and airy shortbread, but are typically made with the addition of almonds. Kourabiedes are sometimes made with brandy, usually Metaxa, for flavoring, though vanilla, mastika or rose water are also popular.In some regions of Greece, the Christmas kourabiedes are adorned with a single whole spice clove embedded in each biscuit. Kourabiedes are shaped either into crescents or balls, then baked till slightly golden. Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, the Kourabiedes are rolled in confectioner's sugar (icing sugar) and left to cool. They are typically then rolled in icing sugar again once cooled. Kourabiedes are also especially popular for special occasions, such as Christmas or baptisms (christenings), though they're seen in Greece year-round.

It is said that during the Ottoman occupation of Greece these cookies where made crescent-shaped in order to resemble the Ottoman flag. After Greece regained independence they again began to be made in different forms.

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References

Kourabiedes, en.wikipedia.org

Kourabiedes, gourmettraveller.com.au

Melt in your mouth Kourabiedes, kopiaste.org