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greek wedding cookies on a white dish

Kourabiedes (Greek Wedding Cookies)

Add these decadent, melt-in-your-mouth Greek wedding cookies to your must-bake list! Buttery and sugar-coated, with the subtle taste of toasted almonds, these butter cookies are the perfect treat for any special occasion.
Course Breakfast/Dessert, Dessert, Dessert or snack, Snack
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Butter cookies, Greek Cookies, Greek wedding cookies, Kourabiedes, Kourabiethes, Kourambiedes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 197kcal


  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar for topping


  • Spread ground almonds in a shallow pan and toast in a 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Set almonds aside and reduce the heat to 325.
  • In a bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add the 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar and egg yolk, mixing well. Stir in vanilla and almonds.
  • In another bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, blending until smooth.In another bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, blending until smooth.
  • Pinch off walnut-size pieces of dough and shape into crescents. Place on non-greased baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until very lightly browned. Place baking sheets on racks and let cookies cool for 5 minutes.
  • Sift about half the 1-½ to 2 cups powdered sugar over wax paper and transfer cookies to it. Sift the remaining ¾ to 1 cup powdered sugar over the cookies to cover them. Let stand until cool, then store in a tightly covered container.


  1. Try different shapes: You can shape these cookies into balls, oblong footballs, or larger crescents. Just remember, if you're shaping them into larger balls, they may require a few more minutes of baking time than our smaller crescents.
  2. Make it into a food gift: Try giving these as food presents! Put in a mason jar with a festive ribbon, and these cookies make an excellent holiday food gift.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg