Kourabia (Armenian Shortbread Cookie)

These melt-in-your mouth, buttery, crumbly cookies are the perfect holiday treat. And with just a few ingredients needed, you will come back to this recipe time and time again. These were one of my brother's favorite cookies, and I recently discovered my sister loves them too!

What ingredients do I need for Kourabia Armenian Shortbread Cookies?

  • Clarified Butter: Sometimes described as liquid gold, clarified butter has been stripped of its milk solids and water content. 
  • Flour: Regular all-purpose white flour.
  • Sugar: This recipe uses regular granulated white sugar.
  • Halved blanched almondsTo make your own, pour boiling water over almonds and let soak for 2-3 minutes before draining.  Then pinch or slide off the skin.  Slice almonds in half. 

How do I make Kourabia Armenian Shortbread Cookies?

If you have made your own clarified butter, you will want to stick it in the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes until it is firm. Then with a stand mixer, combine the sugar and butter together and mix thoroughly.  

Add flour and mix thoroughly again.

Chill dough in parchment paper for 30 minutes before handling.

Take a small egg-size shape of dough and roll into about a 4 inch rope.  Then shape the rope into a circle and press a halved almond where the rope connects. These cookies are also traditionally made into "S" shape cookies.

Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 17-20 minutes.

Let cookie rest on cookie sheet until completely cool or they will crumble apart.  


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  • Allison on

    These cookies are TO DIE FOR. Melt in your mouth, buttery, sugary, amazing. Blanched almonds – delicious. – Lucky sister who received a delivery of these cookies.

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