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Greek Almond Tea Cakes

Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/2 hours. Notes: These cookies, less sweet and slightly richer than classic tea cakes, are baked in S shapes. Store them airtight for up to 3 days.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes about 40 cookies


  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup minced almonds


1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, or in a food processor, beat or whirl butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar, and the egg yolk and flour until smooth and well blended. Stir in almonds.

2. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and, using your fingers, roll each into a 2-inch rope. Set ropes on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. With your fingers, pinch ends in opposite directions to make S shapes.

3. Bake cookies in a 300° oven until pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes.

4. Place remaining 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Gently turn warm cookies in sugar, a few at a time, then set on racks to cool. When cool, coat cookies again with powdered sugar.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 90
  • Calories from fat: 53%
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.7g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 47mg
  • Cholesterol: 18mg

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