Melomakarona: traditional greek honey Christmas cookies
What does the snowman offers you? Melomakarona!
Melomakarona –a traditional greek cookie with cinnamon, orange, brandy and honey syrup made at Christmas- that my mother bakes since I can remember and now I do, too!
They are very good as my first try, but needless to say, my mother’s will always be the best!
For about 40 cookies
- 2 cups of olive oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 ½ -7 ½ cups of all purpose flour
- 100 gr brandy
- 100 gr orange juice
- Zest of one orange
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
For the honey syrup
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 ½ cup of honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Preheat the oven at 392ο F
- In a mixer bowl put olive oil, sugar, cinnamon, orange juice and zest and brandy and mix well for about 10’
- Add little by little the flour –which you have mixed with the baking powder and soda- until a soft but non sticky dough is made. That’s why, the quantity of the flour is relevant.
- On a baking sheet, shape and place to a distance from each other, long and narrow cookies, to the shape of your small finger, squeezing a little bit both sides to make a boat-shaped cookie. With a fork, make holes to the surface of each cookie and bake them until they brown about 15-20’
- Make the honey syrup: In a small pan put all the syrup ingredients and from the time it begins to boil, let it boil for 5’ removing the surface shaping foam.
- As the syrup is hot, add 4-5 warm -to cold- cookies and turn them from both sides in the syrup for 1’. Do the same for all the cookies keeping the syrup hot
- Place them straight to a big dish and sprinkle grained walnuts all over