Kourabiedes Greek Christmas Butter Cookies


  1. In a large bowl beat the butter and the oil with the sugar until fluffy. Stir in the beaten eggs, soda diluted in the cognac, cinnamon and the almonds.
  2. Gradually combine the flour with the mixture and knead thoroughly until the it forms a dough. Take pieces of dough and form balls the size of a walnut.
  3. Arrange on prepared baking tray and bake for 15 – 20 mins in a preheated oven 180c /350f /Gas 4.
  4. When they are slightly cool, cover them completely with icing sugar. Must be thickly coated.
  5. Arrange on platter.


  • 700g (1lb 9oz) butter
  • 300g (1 1/4 cups) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 yolks and 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tbsp cognac
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) blanched and ground almonds
  • 1200g (nearly 10 cups) flour
  • 4 cups of icing sugar (caster sugar) in a bowl for coating.