Honey Cookies

Melomakarona

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Preparation info

  • Makes about

    50

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Foods of Greece

The Foods of Greece

By Aglaia Kremezi

Published 1993

  • About

The traditional Greek Christmas cookies, Melomakarona are believed to have originated in antiquity. They are also called phoenikia, and their name suggests that they probably came from the Phoenicians, a people who lived on the Mediterranean shore of the Middle East where Lebanon is today and who had extensive trade with ancient Greeks. My mother’s Melomakarona are the best I have tasted, and this is her recipe. She insists on letting the finished biscuits cool overnight before dipping them briefly in the syrup. That way they remain crunchy. Most commercial or homemade Melomakarona are very soggy.

In many contemporary households, butter is used instead of the olive oil called for in the old recipes, changing their taste completely—ruining it, in my opinion.