Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes

Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies made Modern with Matcha Green Tea.


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 taken my basic family recipe and modernized it for the Holiday season by adding Matcha Green Tea. My inspiration? I simply wanted to make green cookies for a festive look on a table, without using artificial food coloring. Green tea is rich in powerful antioxidants, and has been known to fight viruses and slow aging. You can find powdered Matcha at health food stores. 

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 festive green variation, simply follow the recipe for traditional Kourabiethes, adding 2 teaspoons powdered Matcha green tea to the flour mixture, and 1 cup chopped pistachios to the cookie batter. After baking, sprinkle with a mixture of confectioner’s sugar and powdered Matcha green tea. Powdered Matcha green tea can be found at health food stores. 

Ready to try another fun variation? How about Cinnamon Kourabiethes!

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

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