Greek Rosewater and Walnut Biscuits

    37 minutes

    These Greek biscuits, Kourambiedes, are beautiful rosewater and walnut biscuits that are traditionally made at Christmas but you can eat them any time of year.

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    Serves: 36 

    • 250g butter
    • 1 teaspoon rosewater
    • 6 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 175g chopped walnuts
    • 3 1/4 cups (510g) icing sugar for decoration

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:37min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and rosewater until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons icing sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls, and place them 5cm apart on the baking tray.
    3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.
    4. Meanwhile, place the remaining icing sugar in a shallow baking or pie dish. Immediately after removing the biscuits from the oven, carefully remove from the baking tray and roll in the icing sugar. When cool, roll in remaining icing sugar a second time. I like to store the biscuits in an airtight tin, surrounded by the remaining icing sugar.


    If you can't find rosewater, use 1 tsp vanilla essence instead. Also, you can substitute chopped almonds for the walnuts, if desired.

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    Diana you are right the biscuits are beautiful. I have eaten many bought ones but this is the first time of making them,and it won't be the last as my husband is Greek! I'm going to work my way through your other recipes. thanks for sharing.  -  31 Dec 2011


    Excellent recipe Diana. I have tasted many of these biscuits but this recipe is the best! My Greek husband was really happy that I made them and it was my first time.  -  01 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Does the rosewater go in at the part of the recipe where it mentions vanilla?  -  09 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)