Kourabiethes > Traditional Greek shortbread cookies

Posted On October 23, 2006

Filed under Hellenic Food

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Ingredients >
450g flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon ouzo
450g unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
175g sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup ground almonds or walnuts
icing sugar and cloves

Procedure >
1. Sift flour with baking powder twice.
2. Cream butter and sugar, add ouzo, vanilla and egg yolks, nuts, and cinnamon.
3. Blend in flour to make soft but firm dough. If not enough liquid, add another egg yolk.
4. Break off small pieces, pat into biscuit shape, place on floured baking tray. Insert a clove in each biscuit and bake at 180 degrees celcius for 20 mins (cooked but not brown).
5. While still hot, sprinkle biscuits with icing sugar.
6. Each shortbread should be stuck with one clove to represent the three wise men who brought spices to the Christ child.