Melomakarona: Der Geschmack von Weihnachten in Griechenland

Januar 10. 2020 Melomakarona: Der Geschmack von Weihnachten in Griechenland

Christmas is a time of year steeped in tradition, and if one was to think back to their favourite holiday memories made in Greece, the flavour of "melomakarona" would undoubtedly come to mind. Richly sweetened by honey, with an aroma of cinnamon and a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, just one taste of these delicious cookies is enough to make them a household holiday favourite! Follow the below recipe to share the joy of melomakarona with family and friends this Christmas.


240 ml olive oil
240 ml sunflower oil
Juice from 2 oranges
Grated peel from 1 orange
150 gr sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
120 ml cognac
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 kg all purpose flour
700 ml water
500 gr sugar
500 gr honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange peel

2-3 tbsp honey
250 gr crushed walnuts


  • To prepare the syrup, place water, sugar, honey, cinnamon stick and orange peel in a pot. Boil for 5-7 minutes, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Place olive oil, sunflower oil, orange juice, grated orange peel, sugar, cinnamon, cognac, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir the mixture until well combined.
  • Gradually add flour while continuing to stir the mixture until it has formed into a dough, without overmixing.
  • Form small balls out of the dough, place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and create indentations in the surface of each with a fork.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170° C for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown in color.
  • While the cookies are still warm, cover each of them completely in the cold syrup for one minute. Remove from syrup and place on a platter.
  • Cover the cookies in honey and crushed walnuts.

No Christmas dinner in Greece could be complete without a platter of melomakarona! Share this wonderfully festive cookie with your friends and loved ones over the holidays this year.

Tags: Weihnachten Griechenland, griechischer Weihnachtskeks, griechisches Weihnachtsrezept, griechische Feiertagstradition, Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat



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