Kourabies is a delicious type of biscuit which is well known through all of Greece and Cyprus. It is similar to shortbread biscuits with icing on top.
It is considered to be one of the traditional Christmas sweets such as the Melllomakarono, but they can also be made at other times of the year such as weddings or christenings. Its name comes from the Turkish word Kurabiye, Kuru meaning dry and biye biscuit. However the name biscuit was not established until the medieval era, from the Latin word bis-cuit meaning cooked twice. The word was slowly spread through the Venetian merchants combining the latin biyta and the Turkish kuru giving the Greek word kourabies.
A kourabies is made of flour, butter almonds and icing sugar. Rosewater can also be added to give more aroma. Kourabiedes are usually small dough balls which have then been flattened and icing sugar is placed on top, however they can also been made into other shapes.
There are also smaller balls which are called Boukies as they are smaller and consist of one bite.
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