Best cookie recipes! Traditional Greek Christmas cookies: Melomakarona & Kourabiedes

Ingredients below! Learn how to bake Melomakarona cookies and Kourabiedes cookies. Two favorites during the Holiday season here in Greece! My father-in-law is a master baker and had his own ‘sweets’ shops for many years. He was kind enough to share his recipes with us here!

The first recipe is for Melomakarona and yields around 70 cookies. Perfect for a Christmas cookie-making party. The second recipe is Kourabiedes and will yield 45 large cookies. ( you can make them smaller to yield more)

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Cookie # 1 Melomakarona ( these are really nice they’re rich and zesty)

Ingredients for syrup:
2.5 cups white granulated sugar (500gr)
3+1/4 water (750 gr)
4 tbsp Honey ( traditionally we use honey… For vegan option use Agave or maple syrup)
2 tbsp Glucose ( corn syrup will work here!)
5 small lemon wedges
1 tsp lemon zest

You’ll need 200 gr chopped walnuts to add to finished cookies ( see video)

Ingredients for cookie batter:
– 3 cups (675 g) neutral oil like: sunflower oil or vegetable oil*** Correction video is wrong.. it says 720g it’s supposed to be 675g!***
– 1.5 cups Orange juice (225g)
– 1cup granulated white sugar (185g)
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground clove
– 1/4 cup cognac/ brandy
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 semolina ( gives texture to the cookies)
– 11-12 cups ( 1kg + (begin with 8 cups and then slowly add until desired texture) flour + 3 or 4

Cookie number 2! Kourabiethes ( these are like a cross between sugar cookies & shortbread)
-1+3/4 cup butter ( traditionally these are butter almond cookies) Use margarine like Earth Balance for vegan option) (400 gr)
– 1+1/4 cup icing sugar (200 gr)
– 3+1/4 cup all-purpose flour + more if necessary (see video) (750g)
– 1 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp cognac (10 gr)

Once cookies are out of the oven let them cool completely before touching them… Then spray them with regular tap water, but floral water is traditionally used… If you cannot find floral water ‘ orange blossom’ water would be nice here.

Then you’ll need 3 cups of icing sugar to coat the cookies… I think adding melted chocolate would work well here too.


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  1. Αγape January 13, 2022

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