Chocolate Kourabiedes

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Just like in all Christian countries, Christmas is a big fest in Greece too. During the old days and because Greece is surrounded by sea, people here used to decorate a ship. But as globalization reached our country too, we adopted the northern Europe’s tree which we decorate with ornaments and balls.

As in every fest we have special sweets that we make and offer to our loved ones and friends. Melomakarona, Kourabiedes and Diples are some of the traditional sweets of Christmas. Also during Christmas Day we make the turkey just like the northern Americans, only we make the stuffing with rice and chestnuts and we serve the bird with potatoes from the oven. On New Year’s Eve and after 12:00 at night, when the New Year has entered, we cut the Vasilopita in honor of Saint Basil and what he did during the first Christian years.

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I wanted to do something different and try something new for this year and so I made these Chocolate Kourabiedes from a recipe by Stelios Parliaros a very well-known Greek pastry chef.

They were pretty good, but of course they didn’t taste like kourabiedes. So, and since I crave them more often now that we approach Christmas, I think I will make the original ones and post about them too in a coming post.

Till then enjoy these chocolate kourabiedes and have a small taste of Christmas that is coming!

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Chocolate Kourabiedes


200 gr. butter

80 gr. caster sugar

100 gr. almonds, roasted and grated

260 gr. flour

20 gr. cocoa powder

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For the Glaze

200 gr. caster sugar

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp cocoa

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Preheat oven 175° C/345°F.

Put all ingredients in the mixer bowl and mix until it becomes a smooth dough.

Put the dough on a parchment paper and put it in the fridge to stabilize for half an hour.

Take it out and roll it to a 1-1,5 cm thick layer.

With Christmas molds make biscuits.

Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and let them cool.

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For the Glaze

We mix the glaze ingredients until they become a thick batter.

If the batter is too thick, pour ½ tsp of milk until it is thick but can be spread on top of the cookies.

Brush the cookies.

Let it stabilize and serve.

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4.7 from 9 reviews

Chocolate Kourabiedes
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Cookies

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 gr./7 oz. butter
  • 80 gr./3 oz. caster sugar
  • 100 gr./3.5 oz almonds, roasted and grated
  • 260 gr./9 oz. flour
  • 20 gr./1 tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa powder
For the Glaze
  • 200 gr./7 oz. caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven 175° C/345°F.
  2. Put all ingredients in the mixer bowl and mix until it becomes a smooth dough.
  3. Put the dough on a parchment paper and put it in the fridge to stabilize for half an hour.
  4. Take it out and roll it to a 1-1,5 cm thick layer.
  5. With Christmas molds make biscuits.
  6. Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Take them out of the oven and let them cool.
For the Glaze
  1. We mix the glaze ingredients until they become a thick batter.
  2. If the batter is too thick, pour ½ tsp of milk until it is thick but can be spread on top of the cookies.
  3. Brush the cookies.
  4. Let it stabilize and serve.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Original recipe by Stelios Parliaros

4.7 from 9 reviews

Σοκολατένιοι Κουραμπιέδες
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Μπισκότα

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 γρ. βούτυρο
  • 80 γρ. ζάχαρη άχνη
  • 100 γρ. αμύγδαλα, καβουρδισμένα και τριμμένα
  • 260 γρ. αλεύρι
  • 20 γρ. κακάο σε σκόνη
Για το γλάσο
  • 200 γρ. ζάχαρη άχνη
  • 2 κ.σ. γάλα
  • 1 κ.γ. κακάο σε σκόνη

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 175 ° C.
  2. Βάζουμε όλα τα συστατικά στον μπολ του μίξερ και αναμειγνύουμε έως ότου γίνει μια μαλακή ζύμη.
  3. Απλώνουμε τη ζύμη σε λαδόκολλα σε πάχος 1 με 1,5 cm και τη βάζουμε στο ψυγείο να σταθεροποιηθεί για μισή ώρα.
  4. Τη βγάζουμε από το ψυγείο και με χριστουγεννιάτικα κουπ πατ κάνουμε διάφορα σχήματα.
  5. Ψήνουμε για 12 με 15 λεπτά.
  6. Βγάλτε τα από το φούρνο και αφήστε τα να κρυώσουν.
Για το γλάσο
  1. Ανακατεύουμε όλα τα υλικά μέχρι να γίνει ένα παχύρευστο μίγμα το οποίο όμως να μπορεί να απλωθεί.
  2. Αν το μίγμα είναι πολύ παχύρευστο, ρίξτε ½ κ.γ. γάλακτος για να αραιώσει λίγο, ώστε να μπορεί να απλωθεί στους κουραμπιέδες.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή από το Στέλιο Παρλιάρο

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  38. Debra says:

    Love the looks of these cookies. Hope the rest of your holiday prep goes well!

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  40. Pela says:

    Φ Ο Β Ε Ρ Ο Ι Κατερινάκι μου μπράβοοοοοο!! η εμφάνιση σκίζει!!

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  42. I love learning Christmas traditions from other cultures. I’m going to try these chocolate kourabiedes and then wait for the “real” recipe to come. :)

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  44. Están fabulosas y saludables una delicia al paladar me encanta ,abrazos y abrazos.

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  46. Tandy says:

    I love the idea of decorating boats instead of trees! Lovely looking cookies :)

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  48. Reeni says:

    Such festive cookies Katerina! They look super chocolatey – I like chocolate with almonds. What interesting traditions! Decorate a ship? Outside? Or a smaller one inside?

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  50. This pretty cookies looks perfect and nutty!

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  52. Liz says:

    I love the festive shapes…and, of course, that magnificent chocolate icing!!! YUM!

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  54. Kathy says:

    Oh Katerina, these cookies look wonderfully delicious!! So rich and chocolaty! Thanks for the recipe…I will be making them for Christmas!

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  56. grace says:

    these sound yummy and they look beautiful! i might be tempted to add some shredded coconut or coconut extract because i LOVE chocolate, almonds, and coconut together. :)

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  58. Chocolaty nutty treats…Perfect for celebrations….Yumm

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  60. Sutapa says:

    It always feel great to explore culture thanks for sharing Greek tradition with us. Yuumy cookies dear love the nutty chocolaty combo!

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  62. Barbara says:

    Love reading about Greek traditions. These may have not turned out with the flavor or the original, but they sure look good to me!

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  64. They look and sound wonderful. I’ve never had these before, but they’re definitely going on my must-make holiday cookie list. They sound delightful.

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  66. Awesome cookies and great insight into the history of Greek traditions!

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  68. Julie says:

    Beautiful chocolate cookies!

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  70. These look wonderful! I’m thinking that these definitely need to be added to my Christmas cookie baking list!

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  72. Tina says:

    Oh my! Breathtakingly beautiful chocolate dreams! They look wonderful. Had to send that to twitter, Katerina.

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  74. These cookies look very beautiful and Christmasy!

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  76. Joanne says:

    What festive cookies! I love that they have a chocolate glaze…makes them infinitely more awesome. :)

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  78. Nadji says:

    Nous sommes tous dans les biscuits de noël. Quel que soit le goût, ces biscuits ont le mérite d’être beaux.
    Tes kourabiedes me plaisent beaucoup.
    Je note la recette.
    See soon

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  80. Juliana says:

    Katerina, these cookies look great, I love the almond in the chocolate…they sure makes a great gift for the holiday.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week my dear :)

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  82. These are cute AND delicious! I need to make holiday cookies with my kids soon. I have so much to do before the holiday. I’d love to consider making these with my kids.

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  84. What a lovely and delicious Christmas cookie! I really like the combination of chocolate and almonds.

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  86. Zoe says:

    I don’t really hear much about Kourabiedes within the Greek community at Melbourne. Got to check this out from Greek friends. These cookies look very festive and fantastic.

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  88. What delicious looking cookies!

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  90. Μarion says:

    Εκανες καλή αρχή με τους κουραμπιέδες Κατερίνα μου.
    Σοκολατένιους … πω πω.. Κάθε χρόνο τους ”ζαχαρώνω” να τους φτιάξω αλλά δεν τ αποφασίζω..
    Φανταστικοί έγιναν και οι φωτογραφίες τέλειες.


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  92. Katerina, we all would love to taste some of the Kourabiedes. They look so delicious!
    How is your little son doing? Does he like his new school, well, it’s not that new anymore. Is he happy there?

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  94. They look so good. I’ve had the other kind and love them. I think I’d love to try the chocolate as well!

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  96. I have Greek neighbors and have enjoyed different Christmas cookies but these are new to me…they look very good.

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  98. Yelena says:

    Simple recipe, but absolutely beautiful and delicious looking cookies. I never tried greek sweets but I am sure they are very tasty! Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures!

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  100. Ria says:

    These are really fascinating with all these almonds; I have never heard or seen these before; that is why I love being a food blogger.

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  102. Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου!
    Οι κουραμπιέδες σου με πέθαναν επιεικώς!
    Τι όμορφη εμφάνιση, τι πλούσια γεύση!
    Σκεφτόμουν κι εγώ να κάνω σοκολατένιους κουραμπιέδες φέτος, έτσι για αλλαγή και μου έδωσες το κίνητρο!

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  104. These cookies are so pretty and festive!

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  106. Kate says:

    I kind of love that the Greeks decorated ships.

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  109. Claire says:

    These look beautiful, I love shaped cookies, so Christmas-y :)

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  111. Beth says:

    Your shaped cookies are so beautiful. No wonder you love them!

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  113. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου φαίνονται υπέροχοι!Φέτος σίγουρα θα κάνω και λίγους με σοκολάτα!!!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  115. Susan says:

    Now I am curious as to the original recipe. These look delicious and shapes really get you into the Christmas mood.

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  117. Candace says:

    These would be a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray. They look delicious, Katerina!

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  119. Love the idea of chocolate kourambedies! My aunt sends me the normal kind from Greece and the heavily taped wrapped showbox package is always bursting with white dust. So we call them cocaine cookies.

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  121. Margarita says:

    Hey Katerina, these look so good! I thought they would require complicated ingredients but the list is really easy. However, I am not sure what caster sugar is? Is it the same as powdered sugar? I would like to make these and give them to my students as presents!

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  123. These are just darling cookies. I love the chocolate frosting. My mouth waters just looking at them!

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  125. These look so yummy & easy … Loved learning a little bit more about your country :-)

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  127. Amber Parsons says:

    I always add new recipes to my cookie trays each year. These will definitely be on of my additions! I can’t wait to make them!!

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  129. Sissi says:

    They look cute and so appetising, I am very impatient to see how the REAL kourabiedes look like! I will wait to see the real kourabiedes, but I already know that anything with chocolate and almonds is my kind of sweet treat.

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  131. Ol says:

    I am not yet in a Christmas mood but it will change as the snow is coming to Poland:)

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  133. Ambreen says:

    Lovely twist Katerina, looks so cute & tempting!

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  135. Katerina,
    You had me at “chocolate” then you inserted kourabethies, and I’m like, “huh”? What an awesome recipe, I will have to give this a go for sure my friend!!

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  137. CCU says:

    What delicious chococlate cookies my friend 😀


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  139. bergamot says:

    These greek cookies look really great.

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