These delicious & festive Greek Christmas cookies bake up crunchy and spicy (1961)

Greek Christmas cookies with cherries

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This recipe for tasty Greek Christmas cookies uses half almond flour and half all-purpose flour for the dough — which is spiced with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, then topped with a candied cherry.

Greek Christmas cookies are extra special (1969)

Excerpted from the Bensenville Register (Illinois) December 3, 1969

Because she makes over 2,000 cookies for Christmas, giving them as gifts to friends and neighbors, Carol Berry begins baking shortly after Thanksgiving.

A unique recipe that she received from her sister is for a Greek Christmas cookie.

“The dough is a little difficult to work with, because it is rather dry and crumbles, but it makes one of the best cookies imaginable.”

Two cups of ground almonds [almond flour] are worked into the batter, which is spiced with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The dough is formed into little balls, which are then rolled in powdered sugar. A candied cherry or nut is pressed into the center of each.

This is a hard, crunchy cookie, with both an almond and a spicy flavor, and its attractive appearance equals its appealing taste.

Cherry thumbprint Christmas cookies

Greek Christmas cookies recipe from 1961

From Woman’s Day (December 1961)

This recipe for Greek Christmas cookies bakes up into a plump treat that is good to bite into!

Greek Christmas cookies (1961)

Greek Christmas cookies with cherries

Greek Christmas cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups finely-ground unblanched almonds
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries, halved


  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolk and all other ingredients, except cherries.
  3. Knead well with hands or spoon.
  4. Shape in small balls with hands dusted with confectioners' sugar.
  5. Put on baking sheet 3 inches apart.
  6. Press half a candied cherry in center of each cookie.
  7. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  8. Cool on racks.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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