Κurabiedes – traditional biscuits, from Greece, offered for Christmas.

Ingredients for 35-40 kourabiedes:

  • 200 gr fresh butter
  • 150 gr margarine
  • 2 yellow
  • 1 egg
  • 120 gr almonds
  • ½ c. to c. baking powder
  • 1 pinch of vanilla powder
  • 110 gr sugar + extra powder sugar for sprinkling
  • 50 ml cognac
  • 500 gr flour (half white and half whole)

Preparation of kurabiedes:

Before you start, you have to take out the butter for 2 or 3 hours and let it soften naturally. Put the almonds in the oven and bake at 160 ° C (in a preheated oven) for 8 minutes. Let them cool for 1 to 2 hours. Then break them into small pieces.

Put the butter and the sugar in an electric mixer and run about 7-10 minutes at high speed. Decrease the speed of the electric mixer and gradually add eggs, baking powder, vanilla and the flour. Finally, add the cognac and the almonds. Then form small balls of 3 cm in diameter. Press with your finger slightly upward on each ball, so, by swelling, they will not break. To cook in an oven preheated to 170 ° C for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on their size.

Take them out of the oven and let them cool, then put them on a plate so that they could be served. Do not forget to sprinkle, with powder sugar, every row you add.

Preparation and cooking time: 1h00-1h30

Nutritional value per 30gr biscuit:

  • Energy 170 Kcal
  • Protein 2gr
  • Carbs 15gr
  • Fat 11gr

The advice of the specialist:

Dietician Christina Fodor advises you to replace ingredients with equivalents on recipes in order to obtain a better nutritional quality, maintaining the taste and the pleasure. For example, it can be replaced half of the sugar with whole sugar and honey, half of the sunflower oil with olive oil, the white wheat flour with whole flour, the butter with the margarine etc. She advises, also, to use organic products.

The dietitian says that the secret, to maintain the body weight during Christmas, is the quantity. She proposes to pay attention to the portions, that means the quantity and the frequency of consumption. Smaller pieces contain half the calories of entire serving.