Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
--Adopted Recipe-- Preparation time has been adjusted since first reviewed. Preparation time does not include cooling time.
- 1 lb sweet butter (unsalted)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 3 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 lb confectioners' sugar (for topping)
- Soften butter to room temperature, then beat with electric mixer 10 minutes, or until white and creamy.
- Continuing to beat constantly, add the 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, and orange juice, until mixture is thick like mayonnaise.
- Sift flour and cornstarch into bowl and continue mixing until mixed well, then knead for 5 minutes.
- Roll dough into a round log and cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices, then shape with fingers into crescent shapes.
- Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Stick a whole clove in the center of each cookie, and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle 1 cup (of the 1 pound) sugar on a large sheet of waxed paper, then gently transfer the hot cookies (using a spatula) onto the waxed paper, as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Place cookies side by side on the waxed paper, and once they are all on the paper, sift the remaining sugar over the cookies.
- Cool 4 hours,then serve, or wait until the next day when they are even better.
Cornstarch, in nearly every recipe, implies a step out. My family has been making these cookies for generations. They are called Kourambiedes...pronounced Kroom-bea-e-tes..from the English dictionary...and my recipe wasn't allowed due to a 'duplicate' entry. The 'real thing' takes MUCH longer, but turns out much better, from what the previous entry explained. If you have the time to try an old family tradition, check out the actual recipe.
According to the recipe, the preparation time says it takes 5 minutes. Step 2 of the recipe says to beat with an electric mixer for 10 minutes. Then you have to add the remaining ingredients and continue mixing and prepare to place them in the oven. Now who did the math here? The cookies are very delicate; they break easily coming out of the oven. I was not impressed with their appearance.