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Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies) and a giveaway

It’s been very hectic the past days with so many things to do that I hardly find time to post or visit my favourite blogs.  I am going to make a quick post because I want to thank all of my readers which have reached Kopiaste to over 1.000 hits a day.

Melomakarona are our Christmas Cookies, which I have posted last year and the year before so this year there was no point of posting the same recipe again by just changing a few ingredients.

I decided to make a recipe of my own, without of course changing the whole taste and texture of this delicious, honey bathed cookie.  I used all the main ingredients of memomakarona which is olive oil, sugar flour and semolina but there is something different in the flavour and in the filling.

As you may see from the picture I have shaped the melomakarona different than the traditional way and I did not use a box grater but I used “something else” this year, something we probably all have in our kitchens.

Melomakarona are not filled cookies (and if they are they are probably filled with walnuts) but I decided to fill it with “……….” an ingredient which Greeks would not expect when eating melomakarona.   After bathing the melomakarona in the honey syrup I used a special flavoured chocolate and dipped the melomakarona in and then I covered half of them with a different type of chocolate shavings and the other half with pistachios.

I am not going to reveal the “secret ingredients” but if you would like to win a professional pair of Kitchen Scissors, with which you can cut herbs, meat, paper packages, parchment paper, it can even cut the bones of a chicken, here is what you have to do.

You have five ways to win.  Choose whichever suits you best.If you choose all five you will have to leave a separate comment for each entry so that you have five different numbers.  The winner will be selected from Random.org.

1. Leave a comment telling me what you think about the melomakarona.

2. Leave a comment guessing one of the four underlined secret ingredients.

3. Twitter it and tell me you did – make sure to leave your twitter user name.

4. Leave me a message on the post on Facebook and tell me you did.

5.  Blog about it in one of your posts and provide the link in the comment.

The giveaway is not only for bloggers but it is for all my readers (including the Greek blog) who will have to provide a valid address if they win. (No P.O. boxes please) and I will ship it anywhere you are.  The comments of the Greek blog will count after the comments here e.g., if there are 20 comments here and 5 on the Greek blog, they will count as numbers 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.  The winner will be announced on Thursday the 24th December.

From now on you will be seeing a lot of my recipes without the ingredients as I am planning to publish a cookbook I have published a cookbook, so I will be keeping some of my original recipes to myself without revealing the ingredients.
However, in case you like one of my recipes and you will want it, please e-mail me and I will gladly provide you with the recipe.  Non bloggers may use the contact form which is above the header.

Sorry but after the publishing of the book, I cannot any longer give the recipes.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

The winner will be announced on the post for Loukoumia tou Gamou (24/12).

This recipe goes to Cinzia of Cindystar, for her event Baking under the Christmas Tree.

Other relevant recipes:

Melomakarona with pecans
Melomakarona (the classic recipe)

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34 Responses

  1. Wow… I'm looking forward to your cookbook Ivy. Keep me posted, parakalo! 🙂

  2. How original Ivy!! I've never seen melomakarona like yours before. I bet they tasted great with the chocolate and pistachios. Good luck with the book 🙂

  3. I think one of the secret ingredients of the filling would be pistachios.

  4. Wonderful news! Keep us posted on the cook book.

  5. Wow, great news! Those Melomakarona look fantastic!



  6. Maureen

    With a very good friend and a sister-in-law who are Greek these look really good.

  7. Maureen

    I might say the Chocolate is one of the "new " ingredients

  8. Zoe

    These melomakarona certainly intrigued my curiosity but I am sure they taste great. I tried your kourabiedes and just used ordinary sheeps butter and they are the best. Do I have to send a separate mail for the recipe?

  9. Those look like a great version of melomakarona. And best of luck with the cookbook!

  10. Those cookies look scrumptious and I am very curious about your secret ingredients! One of them has got to be chocolate? I'm excited about your cook book, looking forward to seeing more about it in the near future!

  11. Liz

    That’s wonderful news about the cookbook Ivy. I’m looking forward to getting more details!

  12. liz

    Ivy, I couldn't find you on twitter? I clicked on your button but it just took me to your home page. What's your username?

    • Liz, I just fixed it on the side bar but just in case my user name is

  13. hello Ivy good luck for the book that's a nice present you do for yoyrself for xmas !! cheers from Paris Pierre

  14. Great news,Ivy! Congratulations….those cookies look fantastic as usual.

  15. Bonne idée de publier un livre avec tes recettes.
    J'aime beaucoup tes derniers biscuits.
    Je vais essayer de trouver ton ingrédients secret.
    A bientôt.

  16. Good luck with the cookbook! Your cookies look great, as always.

  17. Your cookies looks great Ivy … nice Christmasy green the pistachios … nice on your decorative table!

  18. That's great news on the cookbook Ivy! And all of the readers to your site. The cookies look lovely, I can't wait to hear what the secret ingredients are!

  19. Hello Ivy,
    They look delicious, love the idea of chocolate.. scrummy!!
    congratulations with the cook book, can’t wait to see it.

  20. I've never heard of melomakarona before. It looks delish!

  21. I am probably way off, but a wild guess on the secret ingredient is jalepeno peppers diced very small, only because something hot like that can add a fun kick to something sweet.

    Best of luck on the cookbook!

  22. Joao

    I've never posted befor but it looked so interesting I couldn't resist… I am a big fan of chocolate, so just for fun I would bet that the "secret ingredient" is chocolate…..

  23. to be honest, I have never seen these type of cookies before… they definitely look interesting and I am a bit intrigued as to how they taste… going to check out your recipes too. Happy holidays!

  24. Ivy, good on you for working on your own book! I will surely buy a copy.

    As for your new cookies, inspired my Melomekarona…I say you formed the ridges with a fork (criss-cross pattern). There's pistachio there, dark chocolate. As for the other ingredients…some mystery in life is always good!

  25. annalene

    The melomakarona are absolutely beautiful, they look so tasty as well. For the filling I'm guessing maybe almonds?

  26. These melomakarona look wonderful Ivy – love the chocolate and nuts decorating them.

  27. Hi Ivy, good luck to your cookbook, am happy for you! I guess the secret ingredient is almond ? Anyway they look absolutely gorgeous!

  28. Stephanie

    1. I think they look amazing.

  29. Stephanie

    I think maybe you put some orange oil in for the secret flavoring.

  30. Lisette

    I think they look really, really good! Mouth watering actually.

  31. I commented days ago but forgot to add what I thought some of the new ingredients are … I'd have to guess that the special chocolate flavour is Miranda/Nutella and that you used hazelnuts/fountoukia in the filling?

  32. nikos

    tha itela na dokimaso ola afta tha fagita… ine poli orea

  33. Cookies look tasty, good luck with the cookbook