Melomakarona-Greek honey cookies are a delicious Christmas dessert. With orange zest, cinnamon, and olive oil, they are dipped in honey syrup and sprinkled with crushed walnuts; they are an irresistible sweet treat.

If you love Melomakarona-Greek Honey Cookies, you will also love these Christmas Phyllo Triangles with an almond filling, the heavenly Tsoureki Bread and Portokalopita, a syrupy orange phyllo cake.

Melomakarona, Greek honey cookies on a plate.

Why this recipe sings

  • Melomakarona are a traditional dessert prepared primarily during the Christmas holiday season.
  • These oval-shaped Greek honey cookies are made mainly from flour, olive oil, and honey and are easy to make.
  • They are impossible to resist; no one I know has only one melomakarono in one sitting.
Melomakarona, Greek honey cookies.

Ingredients for melomakarona

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon, sticks & ground
  • Orange zest and orange juice
  • Ground cloves
  • Walnuts 
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sunflower oil
Six numbers images with the steps to make melomakarona.

How to make melomakarona

Make the syrup first. Put the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the honey, stir, and simmer for 10 min. Leave the pot aside to cool.

Pour the oils into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix oils slowly. 

Add the flour gradually. Then add the cinnamon, baking powder, orange zest, sugar, orange juice, and baking soda. Mix all ingredients well.

Using your hands, shape each melomakarono into an oval shape, about 2 inches long each. Using a knife make soft criss cross markings on the cookies. You can also do little holes with a fork (1).

Place cookies on the baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes in a 210°C / 410°F oven until they are crunchy and golden brown.

Once the cookies are out of the oven, soak them in batches in the cold syrup for 10-15 seconds. Place them on a wire rack to drain (2,3).

Drizzle melomakarona with honey and chopped walnuts (4, 5, 6).

Chocolate covered melomakarona, Greek honey cookies staked on parchment paper, side view.

Chocolate melomakarona-honey cookies

Are you a big fan of chocolate and can’t do without it? You can cover these Greek cookies with chocolate. They are equally delicious and will satisfy all chocolate fans.

When the cookies are on the wire rack, you can pour melted chocolate over them and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

To make the chocolate you will need 3.5 oz baking chocolate and 1 tablespoon seed oil.

  1. Chop and place chocolate and oil in a microwave-safe bowl—microwave for 1 minute at 70% of the power.
  2. Remove and mix well to dissolve and melt the chocolate.
  3. Repeat, this time for 10-15 seconds, and mix well to dissolve any chocolate pieces.

Be cautious; melting chocolate in the microwave requires continuous attention since the melting time depends on its quantity, how much cocoa butter it contains, and how strong your microwave oven is. I suggest gradually melt the chocolate and stir in between. If your oven does not have a rotary motion, avoid it and melt the chocolate with the bain-marie method.

Tips and tricks

  • Melomakarona will be even better the next day. The syrupy cookies easily absorb moisture from a humid environment and soften or, the opposite, dry in a dry air environment. Keep them in an airtight container or protect your platter with cling film.
  • You can also roll the cookie mixture using a rolling pin about half an inch thick and cut the cookies with a cookie cutter.
  • Melomakarona will be kept at room temperature for up to a month.
  • You can also freeze Greek honey cookies. Store them in a freezer appropriate container in layers. Protect each layer with parchment paper so cookies won’t stick together. They keep for up to a year in the freezer.

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Melomakarona, Greek honey cookies.

Melomakarona – Greek Honey Cookies

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
Melomakarona – Greek honey cookies are a delicious Christmas dessert. With orange zest, cinnamon, and olive oil, they are dipped in a honey syrup and sprinkled with crushed walnuts, they are an irresistible sweet treat.
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 40
Calories 272 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Mixer (hand mixer or tabletop)
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • a citrus squeezer

Ingredients
  

  • oz extra virgin olive oil
  • oz sunflower oil
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 2 lb all purpose flour
  • 7 oz sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • walnuts finelly chopped

For the syrup

  • 14 oz water
  • 14 oz sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10½ oz honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 210°C / 410°F
  • Line a couple of large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Make the syrup

  • Put the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the honey, stir and simmer for 10 min. Leave pot aside to cool.

Make the cookies

  • Pour the oils into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment , mix oils slowly. Add the flour gradually, then add the cinnamon, baking powder, orange zest, sugar, orange juice, and baking soda.
    Mix all ingredients well.
  • Using your hands, shape the melomakarona into small oval shapes, about 2 inches long each.
    To achieve a textured look on the top, press each cookie on the side of a grater. You can also create a texture using a fork.
    Place cookies on the baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes, until they are crunchy and dark golden brown.
    Once cookies are out of the oven, soak them into the cold syrup for 10 seconds.
    Place them on a wire rack to drain.
  • Drizzle melomakarona with honey and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Do not overwork the cookie mix for long, keep it short and sweet :-). Overworking will affect the texture of the mix, it will become harder to shape and the taste will be too “floury”. It will affect how they will soak in the syrup.
  • When you shape the cookies, again don’t overwork. You want them to be soft and oily, easy to mold like pay dough.
  • The melomakarono should always be hot and the syrup cold when you immerse them in. Keep them in the syrup for 10-15 seconds then drain on a wire rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had to cut my girls off of these, they loved them SO MUCH. Thank you for another amazing recipe. We love these cookies so much!

  2. 5 stars
    These sound like the perfect new cookie for my holiday tray! I love that they have honey, the sound so moist and tempting. And would love to try them with semolina also. Do you know what amount of flour can I substitute? Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    WOW, as soon as I saw this I knew I had to try it! I’m drooling from the picture and I pinned this recipe because it looks amazing! I cant wait to make these cookies, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    One more cookie recipe to add to the Christmas baking! These Greek honey cookies have everything we love in a cookie, we might even try adding the chocolate on top!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! Never heard of them but reading your recipe made my mouth watery so I think that we need to try this recipe for this Christmas time! Thank you!!

  6. I lived in Greece for a little while and LOVED these cookies during Christmas time!!!! I’m excited to try the recipe, but I don’t have sunflower oil. Is there a different oil I could substitute?