These lovely crescent biscuits are flavoured with brandy, cloves, almonds and vanilla. They are traditionally served at Christmas.
A long time ago, I found an excellent homemade recipe on the internet. I can't find it anymore...so I looked to allrecipes.com. 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)