Yield: 30 pieces
2 c Butter, unsalted
1 c Sugar, powdered
3 Egg yolks
3 T Brandy
2 t Vanilla extract
6 c Flour
1/2 c Almonds (blanched), chopped
1 lb Sugar, powdered
Beat the butter with the sugar until it becomes fluffy. Add the egg yolks one by one,
beating continuously. Add the brandy and vanilla.
Blend in the almonds and the flour, a cup at a time. Use enough flour to get a firm dough
(it may take a bit more or less than the amount mentioned in the ingredients list). Use
your hands to do the mixing, as an electric mixer will be useless after the first two or
three cups of flour have been added. Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least one
Shape the dough into balls, about one inch in diameter, flatten them and place on greased
cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Roll each cookie (while it is still hot) in the powdered sugar and
put it back on the cookie sheet. Repeat this step once more, so that you get a thicker
Place the coated cookies on a platter, liberally sprinkling each layer and the bottom of
the platter with powdered sugar. When you are done, there shouldn't be any sugar left. Let
them cool and they are ready to eat!
Traditional Greek Christmas cookies coated with powdered sugar - This is one of the two
kinds of confection that are traditionally consumed in large quantities in Greece during
the holiday season.
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