“Greek nut cookies” is the only proximation of a translation I could find for the mysterious word karithata. In The Joy of Cookies the recipe is entitled pistachio-jam cookies, and one of the main ingredients is finely chopped toasted pistachios. another is honey. A Google search for karithata recipes turns up a few. They all call for either chopped almonds or pecans, and powdered sugar instead of granulated. No pistachios and no honey.

The honey is strong in these cookies, in a good way, and they are rich with butter. I used raspberry jam in some and orange marmalade in the rest. I think I like the orange better, but the raspberry sure is pretty. Sharon Tyler Herbst suggests rose petal jam as another alternative… but I think maybe not.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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