Greek Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

Greek Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

A traditional Greek Christmas recipe, Melomakarona are delicious honey cookies that will fill your house with the festive scent of baking, orange, cinnamon and spices!

  • 50 pieces
  • 40 mins
  • 160 kcal
  • DF VE
Greek Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

This traditional Greek Christmas recipe is a must-bake in our household come Christmas time, infusing the house with that festive scent of baking, orange, cinnamon, and spices. It’s also our go-to gift when visiting friends and family over the festive period. Instead of a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers, we tend to create a plateful of Melomakarona and Kourampiedes to take around for the host (sometimes there’s a bottle of wine too, of course!)

These Greek Christmas cookies take their name from a mixture of ‘meli’ - honey, and the ancient Greek word ‘makaria’ - blessed. With that kind of meaning, you can see the reason that they’re a central part of foodie Greek Christmas traditions (as well as for their taste, of course). Once soaked in honey, these biscuits are moist, flavorsome, and gently spiced - in short, the perfect Christmas mouthful. In some regions, Melomakarona are known as Finikia, but occasionally recipes for Finikia ask you to deep fry them instead of oven-baking them.

Don’t worry about making too many - they always get eaten one way or the other. These are a great Christmas dessert, or an addition to your midmorning cup of coffee - it’s Advent, after all, so it’s time to indulge! I love to sit down in a cozy chair for ten minutes and eat a honey cookie, taking in a moment’s quiet during the festive rush. I highly recommend it!

An interesting fact is that we frequently have too many Melomakarona at home and, since they are a staple for our family gatherings during the holiday season, some usually go to waste. Fortunately, this gives us an excellent opportunity to switch up our desserts and opt for something just as luxurious but without the festive vibe: Wallnut-filled chocolates, also known as Kariokes. We use Melomakarona crumbs to make these and they are divine! So be sure to keep this extra piece of advice in your back pocket!


  • Cookies
  • Syrup


One can either dip warm cookies into cool syrup or alternatively opt for hot syrup accompanied by cooled cookies - both options yielding the same delightful flavor!

You can also bake the cookies ahead of time. All you need to do is soak them in hot syrup and they’ll be just as fresh and delicious!


Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to see your creation! Tag @fooodlovecom on Instagram to let me know.


You will need about 40 minutes to make 50 pieces of this recipe, which has approximately 160 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 9 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

Watch it step-by-step!

Greek Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

Melomakarona are a central festive staple when it comes to foodie Greek Christmas traditions. These moist, sweet, gently spiced and orange-scented biscuits are the ultimate in festive indulgence, and are the sweetest gift to take around to your host when you’re invited to any Christmas get-togethers.

More video recipes


Hey, I haven’t heard any feedback on this recipe yet. I'd love to hear what you think! :-)

Comments are moderated to avoid spam. Your email address will never be published!

Get our recipes delivered straight to your Inbox!

Including videos, tips, exclusive content, and more.

You'll also love...

Olive Bread

Olive Bread

14 servings — 1 hr 55 mins

Honey Orange Glazed Salmon

Honey Orange Glazed Salmon

4 servings — 25 mins

Pistachio and Pear Loaf Cake

Pistachio and Pear Loaf Cake

10 servings — 1 hr 10 mins