Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Cookies)

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling


about 5 dozen

Updated: Feb. 20, 2024
I had to bake something from my heritage for school. So, I made this heavenly kourabiedes recipe. —Rebecca Sprague, St. Louis, Missouri
Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Cookies) Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until blended. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually stir into butter mixture until blended (mixture will be crumbly).
  2. Shape heaping tablespoons of dough into crescents. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool 15 minutes.
  3. Place remaining sugar in a small bowl. Toss slightly cooled cookies in sugar; return cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Toss cookies in sugar once more before serving. Store in an airtight container, adding any remaining confectioners' sugar to cover cookies.

Kourabiedes Recipe Tips

How long do Kourabides last?

You can make Kourabides ahead of time and keep them for a couple of weeks in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. You may freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature, then re-dust them with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

What flavors can I add to Kourabides cookies?

Instead of vanilla, prepare cookie dough with almond or orange extract, or use brandy or Metaxa (a Greek brandy). For Middle Eastern flair, place orange- or rose-flower water in a food-safe spray bottle; mist warm cookies with water. Cool, then dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Can you make Kourabides with nuts?

Yes, you can make Kourabides with nuts! Many Kourabides recipes include finely chopped nuts (usually chopped in a food processor). For each cup of nuts used, decrease flour in the recipe by about ¾ cup. Another appealing flavor variation, inspired by baklava, is to add ground walnuts and cinnamon to the dough. If desired, mist the warm cookies with high-quality honey (like orange blossom) diluted with water. Cool, then roll in sugar.

How do you mix Kourabiedes?

This Greek recipe is mixed until blended, and you’re able to shape the dough with your hands. Be careful not to overmix, as this will lead to a less tender cookie.

How do you tell when Kourabiedes are done cooking?

Kourabiedes are done cooking when the edges are lightly browned, and they are dry to the touch.

What cookies go well with Kourabiedes?

Buttery Greek holiday cookies are a nice compliment to Kourabiedes. Check out 40 more Christmas cookies from around the world .

Research contributed by Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Book Editor.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 128 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.