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Melomakarona: traditional greek honey Christmas cookies

December 22, 2010

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!

 INGREDIENTS

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

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven at 392ο F
  2. In a mixer bowl put olive oil, sugar, cinnamon, orange juice and zest and brandy and mix well for about 10’
  3. 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.
  4. 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’
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Place them straight to a big dish and sprinkle grained walnuts all over
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