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When I was growing up, it was tradition for my family to make my grandmother’s Christmas Greek butter cookies. Every single year. As children, It was something we looked forward to each year.
It became a right of passage to learn how to make this family holiday tradition.
The steps needed to make these cookies were almost tedious to a young child. But we secretly enjoyed the time that we spent in the kitchen learning the process. And let me tell you, grandma was very particular about making them the correct way.
Those times together with family are filled with amazing and fond memories.
With grandma gone from this earth, I keep those memories alive by remaining faithful to those traditions and displaying her handwritten recipes in the kitchen.
Christmas Greek Butter Cookies
Back in the day, before we had stand mixers, we had to beat these cookies using a hand mixer. Ok, that doesn’t sound horrible, right? But when you’re a child and you need to mix it by hand for a little over 30 minutes straight, it’s a lesson in patience for sure.
And if we didn’t shape the cookies correctly, we had to do them all over again. Grandma was a perfectionist when it came to making these cookies.
Greek Butter Cookies Ingredients
- 1 pound of butter (I use KerryGold)
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- powdered sugar
Greek Butter Cookies Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat melted butter for 20 minutes. Do you see why I say it was tedious for a child? Ha. Melted butter is important in this recipe. And my grandmother always assured us these steps were necessary for the perfect cookie.
I use two- 8 ounce packages of KerryGold because the quality is amazing. And you know any recipe that calls for this much butter is going to be fantastic!
Next, add in the egg yolk and beat for 10 more minutes. A stand mixer will be your best friend when you make this recipe. Ha.
Add vanilla and beat for a few more minutes. Then add the flour a little at a time to hold it all together.
To shape the cookies, I usually take a tablespoon measuring spoon and then roll the dough into a ball in my hands. Slowly, pat it semi flat in one hand until it resembles a bit between an almond and egg shape.
Lay the cookies on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until its a light golden brown.
After they cooled briefly, move the cookies to wax paper and use a sifter to lightly cover in powdered sugar. Serve & enjoy!
These cookies pair really well with a nice cup of coffee, homemade latte, or big ole glass of milk!