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Sugared Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Kourabiethes me Karythia

In Greek: κουραμπιέδες με καρύδια, say: koo-rahb-YEH-thes meh kah-REETH-yah

Kourabiethes (also kourambiedes) are sugared shortbread cookies made with nuts. In Greece,kourabiethes are served at special occasions and given as host/hostess gifts. This version calls for walnuts (or hazelnuts).

Sugared Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Sugared Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups of shortening
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups of olive oil
  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of coarsely ground walnuts (or hazelnuts)
  • .
  • 1/2 cup of rosewater
  • 1 1/2 cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar (or more)


  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar. Add egg yolks and beat for 10 minutes longer. Beat in olive oil, flour (add 1-2 cups at a time), brandy, baking soda, vanilla extract, and the nuts and continue beating (with dough hooks or by hand) until the dough is a cohesive soft mass.
  • Set the dough aside to rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C).
  • To make the cookies, start with a fistful of dough. Cookies can be round (flattened balls), oblong (flattened log shapes), or crescent shaped (photo), and should always be about 1/2 inch high. The dough can also be patted out to a height of about 1/2 inch and cut with a cookie cutter.
  • Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 320°F (160°C) for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with rosewater and dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  • Yield: approximately 4 dozen sugared shortbread cookies with walnuts or hazelnuts

To serve:

Dust serving plates or platter with confectioner’s sugar and add cookies. Give the tops another light dusting.

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