Middle Eastern Butter Cookies

Butter cookies are found in so many regions and cultures. Most people have come across, eaten, seen, or heard about them at some point in their lives. I am going to share with you an Armenian version of the Khourabia/ Armenian Butter Cookies. What I love about butter cookies (Khourabia) is the numerous variations of this cookie that seem to exist! I can say I have tried many and fell in love. This recipe requires only a few ingredients, but tastes so delicious!

My version of this cookie is simple, melts in your mouth, and will have you craving for more! Good quality ingredients is key. Your flour should be good quality flour. You also want to make sure that your butter isn’t too melted, otherwise the cookie may not hold its shape. I also want to mention that the time it takes for these cookies to be ready really varies because every pan and every oven is a little different. This one recipe in particular needs extra attention so you do not want to over bake, or under bake. (You just have to check it often after 15 minutes) My favorite way to enjoy this cookie is with some delicious afternoon tea, so delicious!

Bake Time: 20-25 minutesPrep time: 15 minutes
Serves: about 15 medium sized cookiesTotal time: 40 minutes
2 cups flour (I used this one)
1 cup almond flour (This is one of my favorite’s!)
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
2 tsp vanilla extract (I either use homemade or this one)
4 tbsp powdered sugar + 1/2 cup for dusting
pinch of salt (about 1/8 tsp)
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Beat the softened butter with a mixer until the butter turns pale and creamy. (about 2 minutes)
3. Add powdered sugar and mix for another minute.
4. Add flour, almond flour, vanilla extract, and salt and beat for another 2 minutes.
5. Scoop out about a tablespoon of dough and roll into balls, place into a separate plate.
6. Continue to scoop dough and roll into balls until the dough finishes.
7. Grab your rolled dough and shape into either letter “C” or “S” or keep them round like a traditional cookie shape and gently press down to flatten them. *(See notes for shaping tips)
8. Place shaped cookie dough onto your lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
9. Generously dust the cookies while they are still warm and enjoy!

*Baking time will vary, so keep a close eye on them after the 15 minute mark, checking the color of the edges often
*To shape into an “S” gently roll dough into a long, thin strip, then bend one edge to curl forward, and the other edge to curl the opposite direction
To shape into a “C” gently roll dough into a long, thin strip, then bend both edges to the same direction to for a “C”

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Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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