Melomakarona: Greek Christmas Cookies

Melomakarona: Greek Christmas Cookies

Based on the recipe of a our dear friend Rita from Epirus.

Total duration: 2 hours


For the dough:

450ml LAI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1x Orange zest

1tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp clove powder

120ml Orange juice

120ml cognac

850gr flour

1tsp baking soda

2tsp baking powder

For the Syrup:

300gr honey

200gr sugar

400ml water

Peeling of 1 lemon

Peeling of 1 orange


Step 1: Making the Syrup

Put in a cooking pot the honey, sugar, water and peelings of lemon and orange.

Let it heat till it reaches 104 degrees Celsius or till syrup has a dense consistency.

Step 2: Making the dough

Pour LAI Organic Olive Oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the orange juice, orange zest and cognac. Add the cinnamon and clove powder and mix well.

Next add in the same mixing bowl, flour till you get a texture almost like play dough.

Step 3: Shaping the melomakarona & baking them

Measure each melomakarono/cookie to 25gr and roll it into a little ball. Then take a fork and press on top of the dough ball.

After you have finished doing each melomakarono, place them in a tray and in the oven 180 degrees Celsius for about 20min.

Step 4: Dip the baked dough with the syrup

Once they are baked, dip them whilst warm in the cold syrup.

Then add as a toping crashed walnuts and cinnamon.

Enjoy in moderation ;)

Are you still looking for a meaningful Christmas present for family or friends? Get them LAI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

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