These Greek walnut-filled chocolates, or Kariokes, are a moreish delight. Kariokes, filled with the rich darkness of cocoa and a hint of brandy, are the epitome of indulgence, for me (and not just for me - they’ve been my husband’s favourite since he was a boy!). When we have friends around for supper, my take on Greek walnut crescent cookies are a perfect treat after dinner. Greek bakeries make these into perfect crescent shapes, but the easiest method I’ve found at home is to roll the mix into ‘sausage’ shapes, press to slightly flatten the bottom, and freeze them, before slicing (incidentally, that’s pretty much how I do my chocolate mosaic with halva too!).
This recipe uses Petit Beurre biscuits, but any rich, buttery and plain biscuit will do the trick here. In fact, the recipe traditionally uses up the crumbs of Vasilopita (Greek Lucky New Year’s Cake) and Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies); keep your eyes out for these recipes on fooodlove over the festive period, but in the meantime, a plain biscuit like a Petit Beurre is a great alternative. This hack makes for a quick and easy recipe, which nevertheless will wow at dinner parties - or you might like them so much you keep them just for you! These are the perfect treat for darker wintery days; imagine a roaring fire, a rich dinner, a glass of red wine - and then a coffee and my Kariokes for dessert. What heaven!
Petit-beurre biscuits are easy to find but any buttery or plain biscuits would do the trick. You can even use cake leftovers!
To make these even more flavourful, add 1 tsp of cinnamon when preparing the mixture in step two.
Kariokes can be stored in the fridge, in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.
You will need about 2 hours to make 20 pieces of this recipe, which has approximately 242 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!
Add the chopped biscuits and walnuts in a large bowl, along with the melted butter, icing sugar, milk, brandy, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Mix them with a spatula until everything is incorporated.
Close the vertical sides of the plastic wrap covering the mixture and twist the sides to tight it up.
Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water (ensure that the bowl doesn’t touch the water), add the chopped dark chocolate and stir until its fully melted.
Watch it step-by-step!
My Kariokes will make you sing! Nope, I’m not going to wail at you at the top of my lungs (no one deserves that) - I’m talking about Greek Kariokes, a walnut-filled chocolate treat. This recipe is the perfect easy-yet-stylish dessert for a dinner party, and looks so special - even though you can get all the work done in advance!