Each year I create the same desserts but I love to let my imagination run wild and turn them into something different each year.  If you are looking for the traditional recipes you will find the links to my recipes at the end. Unconventional Christmas Desserts: Christmas Cake, Melomakarona and Kourabiedes Christmas Cake: I started my Christmas […]


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Ivy on December 25th, 2013

Kourabiedes are Greek cookies, similar to shortbread cookies, coated with icing sugar.  Their main ingredients are butter, icing sugar and flour.  They are usually flavoured with vanilla or masticha (mastic resin) and a well known brand of Greek brandy is also added.  Instead of brandy, twists to the traditional recipes call for rum, ouzo or […]


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Ivy on December 15th, 2009

Kourabies (pl. kourabiedes), as most of you, who follow my blog, must know by now, are the Greek shortbread cookies  made during Christmas.    In the older times, before the use of the mixer, these cookies needed elaborate preparation and that was done by hand, so these were made for special occasions such as weddings, christenings […]


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Ivy on December 22nd, 2008

Kourabiedes are similar to shortbread cookies.  There are many recipes of kourabiedes but the main ingredient which gives this traditional Greek cookie its taste is the Greek sheep’s butter.   However, if you cannot find Greek sheep’s butter you can also make them with any other butter you usually use. I have made kourabiedes quite […]


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Christmas is nearly here and in Greece melomakarona and kourabiedes are the most popular among the sweets we make. It’s impossible for us to imagine Christmas without them.  In a few days the platters will be full of them and the bakeries and confectioneries will have “white mountains” of kourabiedes,  for those who do not […]


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