Greek Kourabiedes

(Confection Sugar Cookies)


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 cup butter 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar 
  • 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons brandy 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds 
  • 36 whole cloves 
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration


Sift flour with baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolk, brandy and vanilla. Beat again until very light. Stir in almonds. Blend in flour mixture, mix to form a soft, smooth dough. Chill 30 minutes or until it can be handled easily. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). 
Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent-shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. 
Insert whole clove into center of each. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until not brown. Cool on rack. Dust generously with confectioners' sugar.

Greek Baklava


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup honey


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt the butter over low heat. Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Layer 3 sheets of the phyllo dough in the pan. Trim dough to fit. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over the phyllo dough. Layer 3 more sheets of dough, brush generously with the melted butter, 
and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans. Continue dough -butter- pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full. With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds.  Press a clove at each end of the diamonds. Pour remaining butter over the dough. Bake 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan, and bring to boil, stirring constantly.Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Pour honey mixture over hot baklava. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into diamonds. Pour honey mixture over hot baklava. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into diamonds.

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