Melomakarona recipe - The most popular Greek Xmas cookie

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Those who follow Greekosophy also know our love for fresh food and homemade cooking. By fresh food I do not only mean fresh fruit, meat, fish, vegetables, but also to create sauces, dips, etc from fresh ingredients rather than use ready made sauces, pasta, bread.

So what a better way then, through this blog, than to give you some of our favourite and also ‘tried & tested’ recipes. Most of them are traditional Greek dishes; others are taken from various people/recipes.

Melomakarona is possibly the most popular Christmas cookie in Greece. You won't find a Greek home without melomakarona during Xmas. It's one of those cookies that once it comes out of the oven your home will be full of festive scents and flavours - not to mention that the children will love you!!!


For the cookies

530 gr extra virgin olive oil

50 gr melted butter

1200 gr plain flour

400 gr freshly squeezed orange juice

200 gr sugar

145 ml cognac

1/3 tsp ground cloves

2/3 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Zest of one large orange

500 gr coarsely ground walnuts

For the syrup

500 gr water

700 gr sugar

100 gr honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange peel


1) Use an electric whisk to whisk the oil and sugar together for about 5 minutes.

2) Add the remaining cookie ingredients to the mix, apart from the flour. Stir well.

3) Stir in the flour (IMPORTANT: Do not mix the whole mixture a lot, as it will ‘sweat’ the oil out. Just mix it briefly up to the point where the dough does not stick to your fingers).

4) Shape the dough into small finger size pieces (or even smaller) and place them on a baking tray.

5) Preheat the oven and cook at 170C until golden.

6) Prepare the syrup by putting all ingredients apart from the honey into a pan and bring it slowly to the boil, stirring constantly.

7) Lower the heat as low as it can go (so that the syrup is kept hot but not boiling) and stir in the honey.

8) Dip the cookies in the syrup for a few seconds and then place them on a tray to cool down. Sprinkle a bit of coarsely chopped walnuts on top.

NOTE: If you dip the cookies in the syrup while they are still warm, then they will end up soft and will melt in the mouth. If you dip them after they have cooled down the middle will still be crunchy.

You can also watch a step by step video of this recipe by clicking here.