Sugar coated butter cookies are very well liked in Greece.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla and almond extracts.
- Add flour mixture to creamed butter and mix until a soft dough has been formed.
- Take 1 teaspoon dough and model with your hands your preferred cookie shape - round, half moon, crescent.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet, keeping them about 2 inches apart.
- Bake on middle rack for about 15 minutes,
- Remove cookies and cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies.
The cookies should be barely brown around the edges.
Although the traditional method seems to roll the cookies in powdered sugar, use a flour sifter or a small colander to sprinkle the powdered sugar on top of the cookies to get an even coat with a reduced calorie count.
To vary the flavor, add 1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds to the soft dough on step 3. Other tried and tested flavorings are rose water, Greek liquor such as ouzo, and lemon or orange zest.
Cookies are topped with one whole clove each on Christmas. These cloves represent the spices brought to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men.
Food in Greece