Kathy Irizarry


Every Christmas and Easter my YiaYia (grandmother) would have my sister and I help her bake. This was a tradition that was passed down to my children and now to my grandchildren. We would make a bunch of Greek pastries. Kourambiedes, Koulourakia Baklava, Finikia and of course Greek bread. She always seem to have all these crazy places were she stored them. Only to find out she was hidding them from my uncle Paulie when he came to visit. Tradition, I did the same thing, Hidding them when he came to visit. I sure did love my uncle Paul. He was the best, but he loved to eat.

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40 cookies


20 Min


1 lb
sweet butter
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
egg yolks
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
2 lb
whole cloves
1 box
contectioners' sugar
brown paper or brown bag cut flat

Directions Step-By-Step

Cream sweet butter, confectioner's till light and creamy, add egg yokes and vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder together into mixture. before it gets to thick start kneading it with the rest of the flour. Mold to desired forms using cookie cutters; or shape by hand into half moons. Place cloves into center of cookie and bake on cookie sheet lined with wax paper in a 350 degree oven till lightly browned (about 20 min.)
Place cookies on brown paper dusted with confection's sugar and add more confection's sugar on the top of each cookie. Keep dusting the tops until all you see is white. Once they are cool place them carefully in a tin.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy