Kourabiedes Sokolatas: Christmas Greek Butter Cookies Covered with Chocolate

 Kourabiedes sokolatas (κουραμπιέδες σοκολάτας) are the traditional Greek butter cookies covered with chocolate. These are not your traditional kourabiedes. The beloved traditional festive kourabiedes turn into a surprise delight with the help of chocolate. 

To make kourabiedes sokolatas you need the following ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, finely ground almonds, cognac, and chocolate couverture. For your reference, when I mention a cup as a measurement this equals 250 ml. 

This kourabiedes sokolatas recipe takes 1½ hours to prepare and around 25 minutes to bake. It gives around 75 to 80 pieces.   

Kourabiedes Sokolatas

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 the kourabiedes one by one in the couverture and place them again on the baking pan.
  16. Allow the chocolate to cool well.
  17. Remove to a plate.
Kourabiedes sokolata are ideal if you are looking for a unique dessert to impress your guest. Merry Christmas!