Kourabiethes (Greek Biscuits)

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Almond biscuits popular amongst the Greek communities.
Preparation time15 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
Serves20

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 2½ cups pure icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, rind finely grated
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup almond meal (ground almonds)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°c. Line 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, 1 cup icing sugar, vanilla and orange rind until pale and creamy. Add egg and beat until well combined. 
  3. Sift flour and baking powder over mixture. Add almond meal. Stir until dough comes together.
  4. Using 1 tablespoon dough per biscuit, roll out into 8cm-long sausage shapes. Bend to form crescent shapes. Place on baking trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden. Stand for 5 minutes on trays until firm.
  5. Place remaining sugar in a bowl. Coat warm biscuits, 1 at a time, in sugar. Place on a wire rack to cool. Sift any remaining icing sugar over biscuits when cool.