This is my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipe. I came up with this recipe to replace the powdered-sugar coated pecan cookies that my grandmother used to make.
My recipe is based on a Greek butter cookie called "Kourambiethes", a cookie that has the same shape and powdered sugar finish as Grandma's pecan cookies--except without the nuts. It's very unusual for a Greek cookie to be nut-free, so these are a find!
I skip the spirits usually called for in the recipe to make these more palatable to children, but if you like, add a tablespoon and a half of brandy or ouzo to the dough. Also note that the dough of these cookies is not overly sweet-the sweetness comes from the powdered sugar coating, so be generous!