Gurabia are Armenian Christmas cookies. The women in my family make them every year together. We make lots and lots at once and give them out for the holidays.

A warning: the dough is very tricky to get just right. Depending on the weather and the quality of the butter and flour, it may need more or less flour than I call for in this recipe. If the dough is too soft to work with and is melting in your hands, you need more flour. If it’s easy to work with, you put too much flour. I guess it just takes practice!

1/2 cup butter flavored crisco

1 cup clarified butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 3/4 cup flour (may need more or less, see above)

extra flour for dusting and shaping

Put the room temperature crisco and butter into an electric mixer and beat until it turns white. This will take several minutes.

Turn mixer down to low and add in 1 cup flour, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup powdered sugar and then the remaining flour slowly. Turn the mixer up to combine everything well. Now you’re ready to roll it out.

Have a bowl of flour nearby, coat your hands in it and pinch off about a tangerine sized piece of dough. Work flour into it until it feels dry enough to roll into a worm shape. Do this with all the dough so you have several pieces ready to roll.

Now roll one of the pieces out to look like a worm. Cut it into small pieces (you’ll use these for the petals and center of the flowers). This is a lot like making gnocchi if you’ve ever made that before. Now arrange 5 of the pieces into a star shape right on a sheet tray and pinch them together in the center gently. Roll one of the small pieces into a ball and press onto the top, again gently.

Another note: If you’re making more batches, you do not have to clean the mixer or paddle between batches. Just scrape it down and make the next batch.

Bake at 350 F for approximately 20 minutes. When they are just starting to brown on the edges, they are done. Take them out and leave them on the tray until they cool completely. Transfer to a plate or a box and give away or eat them yourself. Good luck!


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3 Responses to “Gurabia”

  1. slackmistress Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had these! Are they sort of crumbly/melt in your mouth like butter cookies?

  2. Cookies 20: Gurabia | Kid Culture Says:

    […] is a gurabia recipe from Lisa of the blog Lisa Cooks. It’s a challenging dough to perfect so this is probably not […]

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