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Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies) topped with icing sugar and cinnamon

Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies)

Herbs and Flour
Melomakarona are traditional Greek Cookies drenched in a honey syrup. This cookie recipe is traditionally made every Christmas in Greek homes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 216 kcal


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

For the syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Optional Toppings

  • walnuts crushed
  • mixture of equal parts cinnamon and icing sugar (if prefer nut free version)


  • Preheat oven to 350F and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add the oils and sugar to a stand mixer and mix for 1 minute. Add the orange juice, cognac, honey, cinnamon, clove powder, baking soda, and baking powder and continue to blend.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour slowly. Finally, add the walnuts and mix until combined.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and let it rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Grease your palms slightly with oil and scoop out a small portion of dough. I use slightly more than a golf ball sized portion for my cookies. Roll it into a ball between your palms. Press down slightly and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I press mine down onto the back of a plate with a textured design on it but this is not necessary. I just like the design.
  • Bake the first 2 trays in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown slightly. Bake the last tray in the oven while you begin the next step with the first batch.
  • Warm the honey and water in a saucepan on low heat until thin and syrupy. While still on low heat, begin to dip your cookies in the syrup for a minute (be sure to flip so that they are well coated). Test one out to ensure the honey has soaked into the cookie. If it hasn't keep the cookies in for a bit longer.
  • Set on a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath so the excess honey can drip off. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts or with a mixture of cinnamon and icing sugar, if desired.


Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas, christmas cookies, greek food, honey, walnut
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