Melomakarono: The ultimate Greek Christmas tradition

For Greeks around the world, melomakarono are synonymous with Christmas! These small honey and cinnamon cookies are a special, sticky treat, and their amazing aroma and gooey centres are sure to delight adults and children alike! Bakeries across Greece will display trays piled high with these festive delicacies throughout the winter months, so why not have a go at making your own and add a little ‘Greek’ to your Christmas celebrations!

Live and savour these Christmas as a true Greek, with melomakarono at your Christmas table and don’t forget to share your results with us at @minosbeach

For the cookies

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 5 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy

For the syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves

For the garnish

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F /Gas 4). In a bowl, combine the flour, semolina, baking soda, orange zest, cinnamon and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, sugar, orange juice and brandy. Incorporate the wet mixture into the flour mixture, and knead lightly for 5 minutes. Roll out ovals of dough (roughly 8cm (3 inches) thick and 3cm high) and place them onto a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until light brown.

To make the syrup, put the water, sugar, honey, cinnamon stick and cloves in a saucepan and boil for five minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Drizzle syrup over the cookies and garnish with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. Covered with plastic wrap or store them in tins, melomakarono will last for up to 1 week…if you don’t eat them all first!

We are wishing your Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year