Melomakarona – Greek Christmas cookies with cinnamon and walnuts

Melomakarona - Greek Christmas cookies with cinnamon and walnuts

Portions: 10 persons | Preparation time: 60 minutes

These little Christmas cookies sprinkled with nuts and drenched in aromatic honey syrup are one of the most popular holiday treats in Greece at Christmas.

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Melomakarona - Greek Christmas cookies with cinnamon and walnuts
Melomakarona - Greek Christmas cookies with cinnamon and walnuts

Portions: 10 persons | Preparation: 60 minutes

These little Christmas cookies sprinkled with nuts and drenched in aromatic honey syrup are one of the most popular holiday treats in Greece at Christmas.

Please review recipe:

Ø 5 out of 5 stars ( 3 votes )

Season: Christmas | Region: Europe | Preparation: Bake | Menu: Pastries | Cuisine: Greek recipes

Ingredients

Syrup

  • 1 orange
  • 300 ml water
  • 600 g sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 180 g honey

Dough

  • 150 g semolina
  • 550 g flour
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 100 ml Orange juice
  • 3 tbsp cognac
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅓ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 90ml water
  • 135ml olive oil
  • 135ml oil
  • 50g honey

For garnish

  • 200g walnuts
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • Cloves, ground, to taste

Utensils

  • mixing bowl
  • pot
  • spoon
  • citrus grater
  • knife
  • citrus press
  • fork

Instructions

Syrup

  1. Have the orange and place in a saucepan.
  2. Add the water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Boil for 3 – 4 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Honey for Pour in the syrup, stir and allow to cool.

dough

  1. For the dough, combine the semolina, flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, combine the orange juice, cognac, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.
  3. The Finely grate the peel from the orange.
  4. Add the baking soda to the orange juice and stir the mixture for 5-10 seconds until the baking soda is completely dissolved and starts to foam.
  5. Add the water, oil, orange zest and honey and mix well.
  6. Mix the flour mixture with the orange mixture and work everything into a smooth and supple dough.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, line two baking trays with baking paper.
  8. Shape the dough into pieces the size of a walnut.
  9. The dough pieces are oval and smooth press.
  10. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Prick lightly from above with a fork.
  12. Bake Melomakarona biscuits for about 20 minutes until light brown.
  13. Place the finished biscuits in cold syrup for 10-20 seconds , remove with a slotted spoon and place on a platter.
  14. Finely chop the walnuts.
  15. Sprinkle the Christmas cookies with the nuts, ground cinnamon and cloves and leave to dry.

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