Melomakarona | Greek Honey Cookies With Walnuts
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Melomakarona, Greek Christmas cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 13 cookies
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. In large bowl, add flour, baking soda, and baking powder, mix well.
  2. Add olive oil, butter, sugar, brandy, orange juice, orange zest, lemon juice, and lemon zest - mix well.
  3. Form a soft dough ball, light kneading may be needed.
  4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Break off small pieces of dough and roll into ball, place on baking sheet.
  6. Lightly press down on center to flatten dough ball out a bit
  7. Repeat until all dough is used.
  8. Place in preheated oven at 350F for 30min, or until golden brown.
  9. While baking, prepare syrup.*
  10. Add water, sugar, and honey in pot and bring to boil.
  11. Simmer for 5 minutes (if froth forms, skim away as needed).
  12. Remove cookies from oven and pour syrup over cookies immediately.
  13. Move cookies around pan after 10mins to make sure they absorb as much honey syrup as possible.
  14. Let cool.
  15. Combined walnuts, cinnamon and ground cloves in bowl and mix.
  16. Once melomakaronas have cooled, sprinkle walnut mixture over, covering the tops.
  17. Place on dish and serve!
* I normally prepare the syrup when there are 10 min left on cookies. This way the syrup only sits for a short period of time before being poured over the cookies.
**This is our version and shape that we enjoy - a twist on a traditional Greek holiday cookie.
Recipe by Lemon & Olives at