‘Melomakarona’ – Christmas honey syrup cookies

Kitchen Habits


‘Melomakarono’ is the other major Greek Christmas dessert next to ‘Kourampies’. In this case honey is the basic ingredient giving also the name to the dessert: melo-.. from meli (μέλι, Greek word for ‘honey’). Apart from honey, cinnamon is also big contributor here and of course syrup and walnuts.. As a person, I’m not the biggest fan of desserts/sweets in general (chocolate doesn’t count, it’s a kind on its own), but ‘melomakarona’, when they are cautiously made in terms of honey and sugar, can be highly addictive! Beware!


the recipe



(for 55 pieces – 2,5-3 kilos)

for the cookies dough

  • 250ml. olive oil
  • 250ml. sunflower oil
  • 200ml. fresh orange juice
  • 100ml. cognac (or a liquor you like)
  • 40gr. sugar
  • 40gr. honey
  • 1 kilo all purpose flour
  • 160gr. fine semolina
  • 8gr. baking powder
  • 1tsp. baking soda
  • 3tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp. clove powder

for the syrup

  • 500ml. water
  • 700gr. sugar
  • 1 orange cut in half
  • 2…

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