Greek Style Butter Cookies

Giving - that's what the holidays are all about. I love going shopping, even in the craziness of the mad shopping rush and finding the perfect something for that special someone. I love choosing the gift wrap, bags and boxes and making sure everything looks pretty arranged around the tree ''just so''.

This year I'm taking a slightly different approach and sharing my favorite cookies and treats as boxed food gifts and today I have a gorgeous perfect recipe for you. These are a traditional festive cookie however I love baking these all through the year because they are quick, easy and taste amazing!

These buttery cookies look beautiful when presented in a glass jar or gift box which anyone will love. They also work very well for a high tea, or kids party. They are also perfect with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee too.

To keep them fresh I like to store them in an airtight container in the fridge where they will keep for weeks but honestly they never last that long!

Greek Butter Cookies - a lovely good gift idea!

  • Add a little cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice or finely chopped mixed peel for subtly different flavored cookies

  • Dip in melted dark chocolate and allow to set for an even more decadent treat


1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2-1 teaspoon almond extract (add the full teaspoon if you like a more "almondy" taste like I do)

2+1/4 cups plain flour

Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF.

  2. Line baking tray with baking paper.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl cream the butter, sugar and egg until pale.

  4. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.

  5. Add the flour and mix to form a "dough". Knead gently by hand to combine if needed.

  6. Take about a teaspoon of the cookie dough and roll into balls.

  7. Place on baking tray about 3cm | 1.25 inches apart.

  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottom edge is just lightly browned.

  9. Allow cookies to cool completely.

  10. Dust with icing sugar if desired.