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My daughter-in-law gave me this recipe. Her grandmother was born in Greece and bakes these cookies for special occasions, including Christmas.—Carol Dale, Greenville, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey or orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Place almonds in an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° until lightly browned, 5-10 minutes, stirring several times. When cool, process in a food processor until finely chopped; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, whiskey or juice and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and reserved almonds; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into 3-in. logs. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; shape into crescents. Bake at 350° until set and bottoms are lightly browned, 14-18 minutes.
  • Carefully roll warm cookies in remaining confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 128 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.
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  • AKEmily
    Jun 20, 2020

    The end result had a great flavor overall. I thought it was a little too dry to work with for shaping, so I ended up adding some milk. It also said that it makes five dozen cookies, but those would have been tiny. I ended up with about four. They have a good texture and are not overly sweet, a fine accompaniment to coffee!

  • hockeysealsfan
    Jul 22, 2019

    This recipe is similar to the one I have that I got while stationed in Greece, from some friends but calls for a whole egg, not just the yolk.