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!
Syrup: In a small pot add the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves and half an orange. Simmer them in low heat for 10 minutes and stir occasionally for the sugar to dissolve completely.
Remove the pot from the heat and add the honey. Stir well to incorporate the honey into the syrup and set aside to let it cool.
Cookies: In a bowl add the orange juice, baking soda, sugar, seed oil, olive oil, orange zest, brandy, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, and whisk them until they are well combined.
In a separate large bowl add the flour, semolina and baking powder, and mix them.
Pour the liquid mixture from the previous step into the bowl and mix lightly for about a minute by hand or a spatula. Do not over-mix!
Take a small portion of the batter and shape it into a small oval shape, and using a fork make small holes to it (this will help them absorb the syrup).
Place them on a baking tray covered with baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven at 180ºC (350 F°) for about 25 minutes.
While the cookies are hot from the oven, soak them into the syrup for about 10 seconds.
Stack the melomakarona on a plate, sprinkle chopped walnuts on each layer and a big handful at the end.
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