Un Kurabiyesi (Turkish Shortbread)


  • 225g/8oz Plain Flour
  • Icing Sugar
  • 1-1/2 teasp Baking Powder
  • 175g/6oz finely chopped Almonds
  • 25g/1oz Caster Sugar
  • A Pinch of salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 100g/4oz Softened Margarine
  • 1/2 teasp Vanilla Extract


1. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl together with the baking powder, chopped almonds, caster sugar and salt and mix well.

2. Make a well in the centre, add the egg, margarine and vanilla extract and knead to a stiff dough.

3. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment or greaseproof paper.

5. Pull off small pieces of the dough (about the side of a golf ball) and shape into crescents

6. Place spaced out on the lined baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

7. Remove from oven and leave for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack.

8. Whilst still warm, dust with icing sugar. Allow to cool completely then just before serving, dust again with lots of icing sugar.

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