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Melomakarona


This is a traditional Greek Christmas Cookie. It is also sometimes spelled Melomacarona.

Makes about 36

For the cookies:
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons whiskey
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon orange zest

For the syrup:
2 cups honey
1/2 cup ground walnuts or almonds

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter; let cool slightly. Place egg yolk, orange juice, whiskey, sugar and baking soda in a blender; mix at medium speed until combined. With the motor still running, slowly drizzle in the melted butter through the hole in the top of the blender cover. Mix at high speed until mixture has thickened and resembles mayonnaise, about 2 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cloves, and cinnamon. Add orange zest. Mix in the egg yolk-butter mixture and knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. (Dough will be stiff.) Shape dough by the tablespoonful in the palm of your hand, squeezing slightly to form an oblong egg shape. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and press the tops lightly with a fork, making a crisscross pattern. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown. To prepare syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in honey, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Dip cookies in warm syrup for a few seconds. Place on cookie sheets until syrup soaks into cookies. Sprinkle with nuts and let cool. These cookies taste best the next day and keep well when stored in an airtight container.

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Reviews of Melomakarona:

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  A cookie baker  Jul 31, 2013
Would make this again.
I made this about 4 years ago and they were delicious. I "lost" the recipe and tried another one and the cookies were too soft and fell apart in the honey mixture. So glad I "found" this again! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in California  Dec 13, 2011
Would make this again.
This is the best Melomakarona recipe!! I have been using this for five years in a row. My family asks for these every Christmas. Don't look any further this is the best!! Love it! 5 stars

  another cookie baker  Sep 22, 2011
Would make this again.
"a cookie baker" is mistaken. These are not a lenten cookie, they are a traditional Greek Chistmas cookie. This is a good recipe for them. The only change I make is instead of cinnamon i use allspice. 4 stars

  A cookie baker  Apr 10, 2011
Would not make this again.
Melomakarona are lenten cookies which are not to be made with eggs and butter. 1 star

  Amy in Phoenix  Dec 16, 2010
Would make this again.
Love this cookie! Won me the "best tasting cookie" award at our cookie exchange 2 years in a row! :) 5 stars

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