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A stack of baked Gurabii shortbread cookies, with a bite missing from the top cookie.

Homemade Shortbread Cookies (Gurabii)

Katerina | Diethood
These easy homemade Shortbread Cookies are a traditional Macedonian treat! Crumbly, buttery "Gurabii" holiday cookies made with a few simple ingredients and a splash of whisky. Perfect for a Christmas cookie platter, or for serving with coffee and tea!
Servings : 24
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ ounce whisky
  • powdered sugar, for dusting on top


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  • Place the butter in a large bowl and beat for 5 to 10 minutes at high speed with electric mixer, until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the egg yolks, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, baking powder, whisky and vanilla.
  • Continue beating until well blended.
  • Sift the flour and mix it in with the butter mixture.
  • Mix enough to make a soft, pliable dough.
  • Let the dough stand for 15 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • With a glass flatten the dough balls to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the shortbreads are lightly browned.
  • When they are completely cooled, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.
  • Serve.


Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to one week.


Calories: 125 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 36 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Potassium: 69 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 255 IU | Calcium: 28 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 10 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: christmas cookies, easy cookie recipe, homemade cookies