from Greek Cooking for the Gods - Eva Zane
By / Photography By Aaron Snow | October 30, 2015


Place butter in a mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer until white and very fluffy, about 25 minutes. Add the ½ cup sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and almond extracts, and brandy; beat well with the mixer. Add the 2 ½ cups flour and beat until the dough is easy enough to handle. Turn onto a floured board and knead until dough forms a soft ball (3 to 4 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350 °. Shape dough into walnut sized balls and place on an undressed baking sheet. Press a whole clove into the center of each ball. Bake until golden 15 to 20 minutes.

While cookies are baking, spread confectioners sugar on a large sheet of waxed paper. With a spatula, transfer cookies to waxed paper and sift more sugar over top; roll lightly to coat cookies completely, then cool. Transfer each ball to a paper cupcake liner and sift more sugar over top.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sifted confectioners sugar, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon each vanilla extract and almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 2½ cups sifted pastry flour, plus extra for the board
  • About 4 dozen whole cloves
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