Cinnamon Kourabiethes

Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies Made Modern with Crushed Red Hots for a Spicy Cinnamon Flavor. 


Like Baklava, Kourabiethes were introduced to the Greeks during the Ottomen Empire and variations were quickly created within villages and families. Kourabiethes are a typical dessert option for any celebration, but specifically at Christmas time some will place a single clove on the top of the cookie. The clove symbolizes the spices that were brought to the newly born baby Jesus as a gift from the Magi.

I’ve added a simple ingredient to my family recipe to create a new modern variation for the holidays. I crushed red hots in a ziplock bag to yield about 2 tablespoons of the crushed cinnamon candy (red-hots) to add the the cookie batter. 

WARNING: These sweet cookies are not as innocent as they look. Be careful not to inhale when you take a bite or that powdery sugar will shoot straight down your throat causing the cough attack of your life. Some have nick-named theses sweets “choke cookies.”

To make this spicy variation, simply follow the basic and traditional Kourabiethes recipe, adding 2 tablespoons crushed red-hots to the dough mixture. After topping with powdered sugar, top with with red sprinkles. 

For another fun variation, check out these Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes!

©2016 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.

Recipe and photos by Alexandra Salidas Roll of Figs & Feta, LLC.  Please do not reprint this recipe without permission.  If you would like to feature this recipe on your blog or site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link your post to this one as the original source.  Thank you!

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