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The Cookies of Italy and Greece

Posted: June 21, 2010 | Author: Bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 1 Comment »

One of the greatest things about food is that it lets you travel without leaving home. Traveling to far away places might not happen every day, but eating their cuisines can. In that vein, today I bring you a cookie recipe from either side of the Aegean.

Lemon-Polenta Cookies:
* 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup polenta (yellow cornmeal)
* pinch of salt
* 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, (1 lemon)
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pre-heat to 350. Whisk together the dry ingredients, set aside. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, the the vanilla. Slowly add in the dry mixture.

Place the batter into a pastry bag with a large star tip. Pipe 2-3 inch S-Shapes onto parchment lined cookie sheets, spaced at least 1/2 an inch apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

My cookies came out flatter than the recipe’s picture, but they were wonderfully moist and stayed for several days.

Kourambiethes (Greek Powdered Sugar Cookies)
*2 sticks of butter, creamed until fluffy
*1 egg yolk
*2 (or more) cups flour
*1/2 tsp baking powder
*3 tsp liquor (brandy or whisky work well)
*1 tsp vanilla
*1/2 cup chopped almonds
Preheat to 350. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the butter and beat well. Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla and liquor. Add the almonds and enough flour so that the dough stops sticking to the side of the bowl.
Shape the cookies into small crescents, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes or so. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a clean surface, placing the very close together. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, using a mesh sieve. Let cool completely.

One Comment on “The Cookies of Italy and Greece”

  1. 1 Joh said at 6:20 pm on June 22, 2010:

    Whoa! Seriously, I want to make those polenta cookies stat. Or at least, as soon as casa del Joh and Jesse cools down enough for me to turn on the oven. :)

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