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Amigdalota: Traditional Greek Almond Cookies

Amigdalota (αμυγδαλωτά) is the name of delicious Greek almond cookies. The first time I tasted them was when I  visited Monemvasia, a truly beautiful place to visit in Greece. Full of history and with a miraculous view, this byzantine well-preserved castle city, which is placed in the most southern part of Europe, is a must-explore destination.

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As a result, ever since I tried amigdalota at Monemvasia, I always wanted to learn how to make them. My mother knowing how much I loved these Greek almond cookies, she cooked amigdalota for my wedding! You can’t imagine how joyful she made me and every other guest of my wedding who tasted them.

Greeks connect amigdalota (or amygdalota) with cheerful moments like weddings and festive. They also believe that their white color brings good luck. Therefore, I consider amigdalota is ideal for Christmas and New Year’s desserts. Apart from bringing luck, they are so delicious that I enjoy eating them anytime with no excuse!

For this amigdatota almond cookies recipe, you will need almonds, sugar, butter, egg whites, toasted breadcrumbs, vanilla, rose water and powdered sugar. These Greek almond cookies are easy to make. Hence, this amigdalota recipe is ideal for a last minute dessert!

Amigdalota – Ingredients

  • 1 kg almonds (blanched and chopped)
  • 500 g of sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons of toasted bread crumbs or 50-60 g of fine semolina
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of rose water
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

 

Amigdalota – Instructions

  1. If you blanch your own almonds, place them in the oven for a few minutes to dry, then chop them finely.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush almonds.
  3. Add two tablespoons of sugar. Continue to crash.
  4. Once crushed well, add the rest of sugar.
  5. Beat egg whites lightly in another bowl and add the almonds.
  6. Add breadcrumbs (or semolina), 1 tablespoon of rose water and the vanilla extract.
  7. Knead well until all materials are unified.
  8. Pinch off small pieces and roll each into a half moon shape (or any other shape you desire).
  9. Place then on a well-buttered baking sheet.
  10. Bake in preheated 250 F oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Place almond cookies on a plate.
  12. When the sweets are cold, dip them into the rose water.
  13. Wait few minutes and then cover them with powdered sugar

I hope you like this amigdalota recipe as much I do. Stay tuned for more Christmas Greek dessert recipes. Merry Christmas everybody!

 

 

 

 

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