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On today’s show, Martha demonstrates how to create the authentic flavors of Greece using a variety of unique ingredients: walnut and honey baklava with layers of buttered phyllo, mastiha lends a gently pine and anise flavor to kourabiedes, and twice-baked paximadia flavored with ouzo, sesame seeds, and a hint of orange. All fit for a celebration!
This Week’s Recipe
Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes)
Make Martha Stewart's Greek Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes) from the Cookies of Greece episode of Martha Bakes.
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup slivered blanched almonds, toasted and finely chopped
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey, preferably Greek
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup mastiha liqueur, such as Skinos
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour, almonds, confectioners’ sugar, and salt into a medium bowl.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and honey on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and lemon zest. (It may not come together fully until you add flour mixture.) Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with mastiha.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough; roll into a ball. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until brown around edges, about 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely. Roll cookies in confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly coated. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Yield: Makes about 45
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