Chocolate-Enrobed Kourabiedes: A Greek Delight with a Modern Twist (Kourabiedes Sokolatas)

 Introducing kourabiedes sokolatas (κουραμπιέδες σοκολάτας), a delightful twist on the traditional Greek butter cookies. These are not your average kourabiedes; they've been transformed into a delightful surprise with a luscious chocolate coating.

To craft these delectable kourabiedes with chocolate, you'll require a medley of fine ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, finely ground almonds, cognac, and sumptuous chocolate couverture. Just a quick note for measurement purposes: when I mention a cup, it's equivalent to 250 ml.

Creating this tantalizing kourabiedes sokolatas recipe will take about 1½ hours for preparation and an additional 25 minutes for baking. This yields approximately 75 to 80 delectable pieces of this delectable Greek treat.  

kourabiedes with chocolate

Kourabiedes Sokolatas - Ingredients

  • 500 g of unsalted butter, plus 150 g for topping
  • 1 kg of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 300 g of finely ground almonds, peeled
  • 80 ml of cognac 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda 
  • 700 g of chocolate couverture

Kourabiedes Sokolatas - How to Make

  1. Put the butter in the mixer bowl with the sugar, set it on high, and mix it until you get a fluffy and light mixture. 
  2. Add the eggs and continue mixing for a while. 
  3. Take a glass of water, add the cognac, and dissolve the baking soda. 
  4. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the almonds. 
  5. Add the baking soda and some of the flour into the mixer. 
  6. Mix for a while. Use now the dough hooks for the mixer and gradually add the flour mixer.
  7. Continue mixing until you get a soft dough.
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  9. Take a baking pan and cover it with some baking sheets. 
  10. Pinch a bit of dough, roll it between your fingers and then mold it into an oval or crescent shape. 
  11. Place them on the baking pan. Do this with all of the dough.
  12. Bake for around 25 minutes.
  13. Allow the kourabiedes to cool down.
  14. Melt the couverture in a bain-marie. Remove from heat, add the butter and mix well.
  15. Dip each kourabie in the couverture and place them again on the baking pan.
  16. Allow the chocolate to cool well.
  17. Remove to a plate.
Kourabiedes with chocolate are more than just cookies; they are a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation, a testament to the endless possibilities of culinary creativity. As you embark on the journey of making and sharing these cookies, remember that they not only tantalize the taste buds but also weave a story of culture, love, and celebration.

So, whether you bake them for a special occasion, share them with loved ones, or savor them alone with a cup of coffee, may every bite of kourabiedes sokolatas be a reminder of the warmth of tradition and the joy of embracing new flavors. These cookies have the power to bring people together, to create lasting memories, and to spread happiness.

With each batch you bake, you're not just crafting cookies; you're crafting moments of connection and delight. Enjoy every step of the process, and may your kourabiedes sokolatas always be a symbol of love, unity, and the sweetest of indulgences. If you are more into the classical taste, try this traditional kourabiedes recipe. Happy baking!