Greek Almond Cookie Recipe

Greek Almond Cookies, also known as Amygdalota (Gr:αμυγδαλωτά), are simple and easy almond cookies. They’re also called Greek Macarons as they’re soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. These cookies are most often made at ceremonies such as birthdays, weddings, and graduations. So let’s try the Greek Almond Cookie Recipe at home and see how they turn out.

Let’s begin!

Greek Almond Cookies

Amygdalota Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Bake time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine European, Greek
Servings 30 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 4 cups almond meal (blanched almond flour)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Garnish

  • 1 cup almonds, blanched and slivered
  • 7 oz semi-sweet chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
  • Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, sift through the almond meal to remove and lumps
  • To the flour, add salt, vanilla, orange blossom water, and mix, mix it well
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites at high speed till fluffy and stiff
  • Fold the egg whites into the flour mixture with a spatula
  • With an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out walnut-sized dough and evenly arrange them on the baking tray
  • Sprinkle the dough with almonds
  • Place the trays into the oven and let them bake for 15 minutes
  • Once the edges start to brown, remove the trays from the oven and let the cookies cool
  • If you want to decorate the cookies, melt the chocolate via the double boiler method and spread the melted chocolate over the cookie bottoms
  • Place the cookies chocolate side up in the fridge to let them set

Tips for this recipe

  • If you prefer a denser cookie, add another 455 grams of flour to the batter
  • Denser cookie dough will not spread while baking, while a lighter dough will make a flatter cookie
  • You can store the cookies in an airtight bag and place them in the freezer. They will last another 15 days
  • Almond flour can be substituted instead of almond meal
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Βιόλα ( Voila)! The Greek Almond Cookies are ready to be enjoyed.

Amygdalota’s History

Almonds have been an integral part of Greek cuisine since the 3rd century. The Greek Island of Monemvasia was home to orchards of almond and orange trees, which are two important components of the Greek Almond cookie. The Amygdalota symbolizes a new beginning, happiness, prosperity, and good luck, thus they are always served after baptisms and wedding ceremonies.

Like most Greek recipes, each has its own variations. The recipes differ from island to island, town to town. The Amygdalota are famously made on the Cycladic Islands and in the cities of Hydra and Poros. The amygdalota made on the island of Tinos is called Rodina, where the almond cookie is stuffed with a chestnut or morello cherry. 

Significance of Almonds in Greek Culture

Greek Mythology contains several references to almonds and almond trees. The myths of Phyllis and Demophon, and Agdistis and Attis are one of the most retold legends. The Greeks attribute the beginning of spring season with the blossoming of the almond trees. They welcome the fruit and trees with the saying ”let the season begin”. 

The almonds were so sparingly used by the Ancient Greeks, that the Romans of those times would call almonds “ Greek Nuts”. 

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