Greek Crescent Biscuits

    45 minutes

    These lovely crescent biscuits are flavoured with brandy, cloves, almonds and vanilla. They are traditionally served at Christmas.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 cups (250g) sifted plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 250g butter
    • 1/4 cup (40g) icing sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons brandy
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
    • 36 whole cloves
    • icing sugar for decoration

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Sift flour with baking powder. Set aside.
    2. Cream butter and gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolk, brandy and vanilla. Beat again until very light. Stir in almonds.
    3. Blend in flour mixture, mix to form a soft, smooth dough. Chill 30 minutes or until it can be handled easily.
    4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
    5. Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent-shapes. Place 2cm apart on ungreased baking tray. Insert a whole clove into center of each biscuit. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until not brown. Cool on rack. Dust generously with icing sugar.

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    A long time ago, I found an excellent homemade recipe on the internet. I can't find it I looked to I was attracted to this recipe bc it seemed simple. I admit that in terms of texture and form, the cookie was excellent. HOWEVER, it lacked flavour. I found that I had to add at least 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves to give it that kick. I also doubled the amount of brandy and vanilla essence. I also toasted the almonds. It came out authentic-enough ( but it still lacked a bit of kick ). I have grown up and lived in Cyprus and Greece for 10 years, so I know that specific " kick " that is distinctive of kourambiethes. I will make this recipe again, but I will add the cloves and nutmeg spice, double up the brandy, icing sugar and vanilla essence.  -  19 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These came out great! Just like my mom used to make...  -  27 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Just like my greek aunt use to make, I didn't have Almonds so I use the Almond powder and used orange juice insteadt of conac  -  23 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)