Melomakarona (pronounced meh-loh-mah-KAH-rho-nah), are Greek honey cookies which we make during Christmas, with extra mild olive oil, flour or semolina (or both) and bathed in honey syrup.
Crushed walnuts are spinkled on top after they are bathed in syrup. In some places walnuts are mixed with cinnamon and sesame seeds.
We usually make these Greek cookies during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
However, they are so delicious and we love them so much that we make them year round.
Melomakarona are easy to make and can be stored in an air-tight container for a very long time.
Try them and you will love how amazing your house will smell.
Encourage your children to help you make them to create lovely and powerful memories of Christmas which they will cherish all their lives!
In Greece we use a very extra mild type of extra virgin olive oil to make melolakarona. However, if the olive oil you use is strong in flavour, mix it with some vegetable oil.
Before juicing the oranges, remove a thing layer of orange peel for the syrup and some zest for the cookies.
Be careful when mixing the baking soda in the orange juice and brandy, as it will bubble and overflow. Do this quickly over the mixer.
If you have a spice grinder, grind the cloves and cinnamon yourselves and you will get extra aroma.
The more spices you add, the darker they will get.
To make a pattern on top of these cookies, we usually press them on a box grater but you can also use a fork or even an egg cutter.
If you like, you can make a chocolate ganache (two parts chocolate and one part cream) and dip them in the chocolate.
For half the amount I used 250 grams chocolate, 125 grams cream, freshly grated black pepper, some cinnamon and 2 tbsp butter.
Makes: 20 x 35 grams each and 24 x 20 grams each The big ones are baked around 25 - 30 minutes, or depending on your oven and the smaller ones about 5 minutes less. If you use a convection oven the temperature should be around 160 degrees Centigrade.
Makes: 20 x 35 grams each
and 24 x 20 grams each
The big ones are baked around 25 - 30 minutes, or depending on your oven and the smaller ones about 5 minutes less.
If you use a convection oven the temperature should be around 160 degrees Centigrade.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,