Vegan Kourabiedes baked with coconut sugar
In Greece, before Christmas time, locals are famous for enjoying cooking the Traditional sweets. Kourabiedes, Melomakarona and Diples.
From the start of winter season, which begins in December Greeks start making these Traditional sweets and the house smell like early Christmas!
Today we talk about Kourampiedes! Have you ever tried them?? They are buttery Christmas cookies. In Greece, we sprinkle them with rose water and we cover them with iced sugar. In Kalamata (Greece) they prepare these cookies through the year. You can find them in big variations and shapes.
The sweet root can be found in Persia, from where the sweetness travelled all over the East, the Balkans and, of course, our country. Of course, like any famous sweet who respects himself, other countries, especially Lebanon, are also pardoning for his paternity, while we are in “Turkey”, Albania, but also in Hispanic countries under the name Polvoron.
Kurabiye in Turkish means biscuit, buttermilk or “fluffy” Greek translation of Kourampies.
The most likely version of the “arrival” of Kourabie in Greece, as well as many other recipes, is to arrive in the country with the luggage of the refugees from Asia Minor and more specifically from Smyrni.
The Butter quality plays a big role in the success of Kourampiedes. Choose the best quality for the best results!
If you are just Vegetarian use butter but today’s recipe is for all the Vegans! You can use any good quality of Vegan Butter. I used margarine with coconut and almond. It’s a new product in Greece and I decided to try it. The taste is not exactly like the original buttery Kourampie, because of the Vegan Butter. But equally delicious!
For the mix, you can use your hands or the mixer component as shown below.
You can make any shapes you wish. I just shape them into mini balls and pressed my figure slightly on the top. This will prevent the Kourabiedes from the breaking. Make sure that you bake them at low temperature.
Vegan Kourabiedes | Vegan Christmas Cookies
Crunchy Vegan Traditional Christmas cookies called Kourampiedes!
- 225 Vegan Butter or good quality butter if you are not Vegan
- 100 grams Unsalted almonds without skin
- 500 grams all purpose flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 80 grams powdered coconut sugar
- 20 grams brandy
- iced sugar
- little rose water
Preheat the oven and Bake the almonds at 170 ° C until they roast. let them cool and break them by pressing them with a roller between two sheets. Put them aside.
Put the butter in a mixer and mix for 10 minutes until it becomes fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for 15 minutes more. The more, the better! Then lower down the speed (to low speed) and gradually pour the flour, the vanilla, the zest, the brandy and beat for 2-3 minutes more.
Put the mix in a big bowl and add the almonds. Mix until all combined.
Make small balls with your finger and lightly press on the top. Put a sheet in a big pan and put the kourabiedes. Bake them in a preheated oven at 170 ° C for 20-30 minutes until golden.
Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Sprinkle them with rose water.
Transfer the first layer of the cookies in a platter and sprinkle them with iced sugar
Put the second layer and cover them with iced sugar.
*** The quality of the butter plays a big role in the fluffiness.
*** Do not bake them at high temperature.
*** You can keep them up to 2 months in a metallic box.
*** If you do not have a mixer you can beat the butter with a wish and mix the flour mixture with your hands.