Buttery Crumbly Cookies…

Soo… cookies? How do you feel about them?

I don’t bake or buy cookies…those which might be double chocolate chip, raisin loaded, macadamia dotted…  or the ones which might be considered healthy because there is oatmeal in them.Instead, I eat chocolate, raisin, nuts and oatmeal for my breakfast but that mush can hardly be called a cookie.

I guess it is good for us that I have not gotten used to the cookies here since our cholesterol levels hover around 245.

Cookies we have in Turkey, called “kurabiye“, has somewhat different look and texture than the ones here. I would like to say that they are three-dimensional, not as flat as the stacked up Bi-Lo cookies  in a plastic container. Some they can be crumblier, which catches you off-guard and makes you run for a plate before it spills everywhere. Unless you have a dog that cleans after you.

Since I have decided that I will make the things that I have not tried for a long time, or ever, I decided to dust off several heavily used kurabiye recipes in my Istanbul household. This recipe is one of the crumbly ones. We used to make this when we had guests. I guess it was not the best hostess manners to hand these crumbly cookies and watch the guests suffer through eating it, trying to be polite but at the end spill it on the couch! Well… people asked for more, so it must be good enough to oversee that!

It is very basic recipe: ground walnuts, powdered sugar, butter and flour. A mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon is used to cover the outside of the cookies after they are baked and cooled completely.

Hope you don’t mind the mess! Afiyet Olsun!

Buttery Crumbly Cookies

  • 2 sticks and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (~250 gr. very soft at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of ground walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (start with 3 cups and add gradually until the dough comes together)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar (for topping)
  • 3 tablespoons of cinnamon (for topping)
  1. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a big bowl.
  2. Add the butter, walnuts and vanilla. Mix with your hands until all comes together in a soft dough.
  3. Make walnut size balls and place them on a baking sheet, 1-inch apart.
  4. Bake in preheated 390-degree oven for 30 minutes or until you can see top golden brown. Check bottoms because they can burn easily. It might be better to line the baking sheet with silpat.
  5. Let it cool completely. Dip them in cinnamon-powdered sugar mixture.
  6. Keep napkins handy.



  1. by Tanvi
    10:26 am
    Jun 17, 2011

    I LOVE buttery & sugar cookies.Yours look somewhat different but the butter & nuts in them perfectly works for me.Love how voluptuous your cookies are!

  2. by Parsley Sage
    11:33 am
    Jun 17, 2011

    Totally worth the crumblies. The cinnamon/powdered sugar dusting sounds soooo delicious.

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