Kourampiedes recipe, Greek Christmas butter cookies
Kourampiedes recipe, a traditional Greek Christmas cookie covered in icing sugar, sure to please everybody this festive season!
If you have aGreek heritage, you absolutely know that Christmas is a highly divisive period. Team- melomakarona and team- kourampiedes is an ongoing rivalry, with devoted fans from across the country, or the globe even!
Kourampiedes are incredibly delicious butter cookies, soft, fluffy with a crunchy bite and rich almond (or pistachio if you are feeling adventurous) and incredible aroma. Savvy cooks know that the traditional recipe requires time and effort. Well, this kourampiedes recipe changes everything!
A few tips for kourampiedes success. Firstly and most importantly, use good quality butter sheep and goat butter. This brings a milky, deep and intense flavor to the cookie. Not to mention the aroma… divine!
Next, you need to master your kneading skills! Too much mixing will make the cookie dough stiff. To little kneading and the ingredients will not incorporate well. Find the rhythm that works best for you. Better yet, add each ingredient little by little, so you can ensure that all tasted do blend well.
Now, it’s time for the hardest part. Baking! As I’ve mentioned before, when you bake, you have to constantly keep an eye on the oven. A good friend of mine is always saying the oven is heating, the baker is baking. That’s because the oven is such an unreliable way of cooking. After it reaches the designated temperature, it still keeps climbing to higher temperatures. That’s why the first batch of baked goods is beautiful, golden-crusted and the next batches turn out brown-is. Should you notice that your cookies are browning suspiciously fast, lower the temperature.
Now, it’s time to reveal my easy kourampiedes recipe!