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Recipe for Melomacarona (Melamakarona) – Greek Christmas Cookies

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Melomacarona (melomakarono) are traditional egg-shaped Greek Christmas cookies soaked in a honey syrup.

Recipe Ingredients for Melomacarona – Greek Christmas Cookies:

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 7-8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons soda

Recipe Ingredients For the Syrup:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

How to Prepare Melomacarona – Greek Christmas Cookies:

Make the syrup before you start preparing the cookies to bake. The syrup needs to be cooled down before you can use it. Boil honey, sugar and water for 5 minutes and let stand for an hour so that it cools down. Leave it on the counter so that it can cool down before use. This should take about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat together first 4 ingredients. Sift flour, baking powder and soda 3 times. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the oil mixture and knead gently.

Pinch off small portions of dough the size of an egg and form into little patties. Roll them to make oblong rolls. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Pour syrup over “melomacarona.” after it comes out of the oven. Make sure the syrup is cool.  Soak for 15 minutes, taking them out of the syrup and place on large plate. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and cinnamon.

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