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Greek Butter Cookies

Greek Butter Cookies are super simple to make and have a rich, buttery flavor with hints of almond, orange, and brandy. Great for you Christmas cookie tray!
Course Cookies
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20
Calories 153kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup blanched sliced almonds, toasted and chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Combine flour, almonds, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add granulated sugar, egg yolk, brandy, vanilla and orange zest. Beat until mixed well.
  • With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in 3 additions, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix just until combined.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough comes together into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Place oven racks in upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough into balls, using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each ball. Place on baking sheets spaced 2 inches apart. You should have about 20 balls total.
  • Bake until bottom edges are just starting to turn light brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Switch position of pans and rotate halfway through baking time.
  • Cool cookies for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Sift confectioners' sugar over cookies once completely cooled.


Calories: 153kcal