As the colder months approach and the holiday season is upon us, there is nothing better than baking up a batch of delicious cookies to enjoy with friends and family. And when it comes to cookies, there are few cookies that are more cozy and comforting than Armenian Shortbread “S” Cookies, also known as Kourabia. These cookies, also known as butter cookies, are a staple of Armenian cuisine and are often enjoyed during special occasions such as weddings and holiday gatherings. They are a favorite of both young and old, and their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. I know you’re going to love them!
Friends, do you ever eat something that instantly takes you back to your childhood? For me, it’s these Armenian “S” cookies. As a child, I remember looking forward to the holiday season every year because it meant one thing: my grandmother’s famous Armenian “S” cookies, or kourabia.
My grandmother, Peris Moomjian, had been making these delicious treats for as long as I could remember. Every year, she would spend hours in the kitchen, mixing, rolling, and shaping the dough into the perfect “S” shape. I would sit at the kitchen table, watching with amazement as she expertly rolled the dough into balls and carefully pressed each one with a fork to create the signature shape of the Kourabia cookies.
When they were finished baking, I would immediately pop one into my mouth. They were absolutely delicious, with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a buttery flavor that was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.
Now, many years later, I still make these cookies every holiday season for my boys, and I love being able to share this Armenian tradition with them. And now, with you, too!!
If you thought these cookies couldn’t get any better, then just wait until you hear this: they only need FOUR ingredients. What?! It’s true!
To make these cookies, start by preheating your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, set it aside.
Next, in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together until it’s light and fluffy – this should take approximately 4-5 minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary, so that all of the ingredients are fully incorporated! And, make sure that the batter is really light and fluffy, otherwise you will end up with tough, dense cookies.
Next, once your mixture is light and fluffy, add in the flour and mix until it’s fully combined, again being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. It should take about two minutes for the dough to come together.
Once the dough is finished, use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough into 12-16 balls, rolling each one in your hand. Then, roll each one into a cigar shape and place it on the baking sheet.
Finally, bend each one into an “S” shape. Repeat until all of your cookies are formed!
Bake them for 18-22 minutes, then remove the cookies from the oven once they’re done. While they’re still hot, dust them heavily with powdered sugar. Then, let them cool and enjoy!
If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so that I can repost them! xx
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