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Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies

This recipe for Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies is a classic Greek cookie that is served at major holidays like Christmas and Easter. These butter cookies are soft, dense, and melt in your mouth. With a hint of cinnamon and pecans, these cookies are covered in powdered sugar, making them the perfect pairing to a glass of milk.

If you are looking for more Greek recipes, be sure to check out my Chicken Sausage Greek Salad, Mini Greek Galettes, or my Greek Avocado Toast.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

This recipe for Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies is a take on the classic Kourambiethes (pronounced KorUm-bI-ethies) Greek cookies that are served during the holidays. Growing up, us kids could not pronounce the cookies properly (ever!) so we lovingly named them YiaYia Cookies because YiaYia was the only one that made them. YiaYia means Grandma in Greek, so it's like calling them grandmas cookies!

This cookie is dense, buttery, and it completely melts in your mouth. Unlike other cultures wedding cookies, which can be crumbly, these cookies are not crumbly at all! Instead, they are dense have a wonderful crumb that just melts in your mouth. But, you'll want a glass of milk with these. There is nothing better than enjoying one of these Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies with a big glass of milk.

The trick to making these cookies perfectly is use the exact ingredients I call for and measure using a kitchen scale. While the recipe may seem very simple, with recipes that have very minimal ingredients, the ingredients really matter! Especially the whiskey in this recipe. If you notice, I'm not calling for a fancy organic whiskey, no not here! I use the exact whiskey my YiaYia used when she made these cookies because the flavor is so nostalgic for me, and delicious. I've even tried making these with many other whiskeys and none of them measured up. Trust me, it makes a huge difference! Just like ingredients like butter and sugar taste different across brands, so does alcohol!

Cinnamon pecan yiayia cookies, wedding cookies

My recipe for my traditional YiaYia Cookies is in my book Cookies for Everyone. And while my traditional YiaYia Cookies will always be my all time favorite, I've started making other variations because this cookie is just so good! I always have YiaYia Cookies for every Easter, as it was tradition in my house. Whether YiaYia brought them over to our house, or we went over to the cousins for Greek Easter, I got my cookies either way.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Seagram's 7 American Blended Whiskey

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Homemade Organic Cake Flour

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Organic Pecan Halves

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Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

Cinnamon pecan yiayia cookies, wedding cookies

Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy
Makes

48

cookies

YiaYia means Grandma in Greek, and these are a take on my YiaYia's buttery Greek cookies. If you like snowballs, then you'll love these even more!

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 1 pound (454 grams) organic salted butter, softened

  • 71 grams (1/2 cup) organic powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

  • 1 organic large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons Seagram's 7 American Blended Whiskey

  • 5 cups (708 grams) organic cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 127 grams (1 cup) organic pecans, chopped

  • Topping
  • organic powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined.
  • Add in the egg yolk, whiskey, cake flour, cinnamon, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined into a smooth dough.
  • Using your hands, form the dough into 48 balls and place them close together on the prepared cookie sheets (they won’t spread while baking, so 24 should fit on each cookie sheet). Flatten each ball slightly. They should look like disks that are about 2 inches in diameter.
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the bottoms. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  • Sift powdered sugar generously over the tops of the cook­ies. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • High Altitude — Bake at 325°F for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the bottoms.

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