Simply The Best Melomakarona

Tis the season for delicious melomakarona.

It’s not a Greek Christmas in our house until you smell the amazing aroma of melomakarona cookies baking in the oven.

Since these are one of my all-time favorite holiday cookies, I made a video for y’all. My boyfriend happened to snap some fun short videos of me making the cookies, and this is what I created. ❤️❤️

I hope you enjoy it!! ✨✨✨✨

Melomakarona Recipe: Greek Honey Cookies

Serves: Between 45-60 depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Greek olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of butter (Room temperature)
  • 1 cup of beer
  • 1 cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Orange zest (2 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavoring
  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 4 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of semolina flour (fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  2. Place the oil, butter, beer, orange juice, cinnamon, orange zest, vanilla, and sugar into a xing bowl. Mix until blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts. Making sure to mix thoroughly so all ingredients combine. (Your dough should come together at this point.)
  5. Place dough on a rk surface and lightly knead just until the dough is smooth. (I like to call this part “the manicure” as the oil really helps heal your nails ha.)
  6. Roll each dough ball into hand shaping into an oval like shape. Check out my video for details.
  7. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in the for about 25-30 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  9. While cookies are baking make the honey syrup.

Honey Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of Greek honey
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts, reserve for serving
  • Powdered cinnamon

Method:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat place all ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to low heat and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove syrup from heat, and pour hot syrup over the cookies. (Make sure you pour syrup over cookies once they come out of the .)

Serve:

  1. Sprinkle walnuts and cinnamon over the top of the cookies.
  2. These cookies will keep up to 1 month. You can store it an air-tight container.

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