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Kourambiedes (Greek Butter Cookies)

Author/Submitted by: Wenonah's Pantry Recipe of the Week, Wenonah's Pantry 3800 South Texas Avenue Bryan, TX 77803 (409) 846-8220, (Carl Berger)
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1/2  pound  Butter
3/4  cup  Confectioner's sugar
1    Egg yolk
1 1/2  tablespoons  Cognac or brandy
4 1/2  cups  Cake flour, sifted twice

1. Cream the butter in an electric mixer until thick and lemon colored. Sift confectioner's sugar and add it gradually to the butter. Add egg yolk, creaming well. Add cognac.

2. Gradually work in the flour to make a soft dough that will roll easily in the palm of the hand without sticking. If sticky, refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Pat and shape the dough into balls 1 1/2 inches in diameter.Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake until sandy colored (not brown), about 15 minutes. Cool and sift over generously with additional confectioner's sugar.

These crumbly cookies, coated with confectioner's sugar, are traditionally served in Greek homes at all festive occasions. At weddngs they are served as a good luck token.

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