These delicious half-circle shaped cookies, covered with confectioners’ sugar and filled with dried fruits and nuts, are sold in all Greek bakeries during the forty days of Lent preceding Easter.
The following recipe comes from Crete, where these cookies are also called stafidota (with golden raisins).
In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in
In another bowl, mix the raisins with the almonds, walnuts, zests, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the brandy and orange juice and mix well.
Flatten the dough with your hands and roll it out into a ⅛-inch-thick sheet, stretching it with your hands. Cut 4-inch circles and place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each. Fold the pastry over to cover the filling and press the edges with your fingers to seal. Oil a baking sheet and place the cookies on it.
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