Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiéthes)

Some of you are probably wondering: “Hmmm, did Willyummsbakery decide to call it quits from the world of blogging?”  The answer: a big fat NOPE! But I am truly sorry if it seems that I have completely forgotten about my millions of followers…Hahaha! One can dream right?

Actually I’ve already had something planned to write about 2 weeks ago, but that 4-letter word got in the way of me actually posting it…WORK!  😛

Anyway, I am glad to say that I finally got a chance to have a minute to myself and compose this blog.

I would like to give our 8 yr. old boy credit for this project because it was actually his idea to make these yummy cookies!  He came home one afternoon and said: “Mom, I took (I’m hoping he meant borrowed :p) a book from our library  and it’s about foods from around the world.  We should pick something and make it!”

Holiday Cooking book.jpg

Awww isn’t he cute?!?! He could’ve picked a comic book or some other fictional book to entertain him but instead he picked something that he can do with Mommy 🙂 so, here we go…


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose floor
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (we used less because Sister Bear hates anything with nuts and we were hoping we could mask it, without going too far off from the original recipe)
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 oF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well blended but do not over stir.
  7. Using your hands (which was probably the funnest part, if you ask Little Bear), form the dough into balls.  Traditionally they are shaped into crescents or S-shapes but we were not very good at shaping (the dough was a little crumbly) so we decided the balls would be just fine :p

    rotated s.jpg

  8. Place the dough 2 in. apart on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 15-18 mins until the edges a slightly browned.
  9. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool in a wire rack for 5 mins.
  10. Once cooled, use a sifter (or in our case a mini strainer) to sprinkle with powdered sugar.

          Powdered sugar.jpg

According to the book, these cookies are eaten year round but are most popular around Christmas time.

I think that this recipe was a perfect, simple project with my Little Bear and the result was yummy!!! It is similar to a sugar cookie which most of us in the US are familiar with but not as sweet, which is just the way we like it. He was pretty happy with himself for baking these cookies and I was a proud Mama Bear.  It was definitely baked with LOVE ♥


Anyway,til next adventure…and thanks to everyone who has followed my blog (through thick and thin :P), and have been very gracious with all the likes and comments…You are awesome 🙂


Related literature:

Baruth, P. E. (1988). Holiday cooking around the world. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Co.



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