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Greek Walnut Christmas Cookies


During the Christmas holiday, Greeks go into a cookie baking mode, but then again so do I. But this year some of my friends have decided to keep it low-key.  No baking, cooking, I  know this year has been very difficult for everyone, but I still think we should try to do our best to stay in the Christmas Spirit.  I went ahead and did some Christmas cookie baking with the help of my brother.  So, yesterday he came by to help me out with the preparation and baking part. This is my favorite amongst the Greek cookies, the Greek Walnut Christmas Cookie.  (Still suffering from Tendinitis)

It was fun, he actually did most of the work, all I did was shift the flour and keep an eye on the cookies while they were in the oven.  So, for this reason, I am not going to write a long post but just posting the recipe below which is really quite simple to make if you follow the instructions and are willing to try a different kind of cookie.  A cookie filled with walnuts, orange zest, brandy. and intense taste of allspice drizzled with honey. 🙂  One step that I should emphasize is the syrup.  This should be the first step so that it could cool off.  We dip when the cookies are straight out of the oven so that it could soak up all those delicious tastes.  Sound good?  Believe me it is!!

Thanks, John!!! 🙂




Greek Walnut Christmas Cookies

A special cookie for a special holiday. Rich in Walnuts, Brandy and Honey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • ¼ cup Semolina
  • 1 ⅔ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • cup Walnuts crushed and some for topping
  • 1 Orange zest
  • ¾ cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cup Olive OIl
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Brandy
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Ingredients for Syrup
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Orange peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 10 All Spice Cloves whole
  • 1 ½ tbsp Butter (optional)
  • 1 ½ cup Honey


  • In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. The orange zest should combined in the dry ingredients
  • In a medium-size bowl combine vegetable oil, olive oil, and orange juice. (if you plan to use butter melt it before adding into the rest of the ingredients., I made some with and some without using butter)
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and give it a few turns with your hand. Make either bite-size round-shaped or oval-shaped cookies. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a medium-size saucepan add in the ingredients for the syrup except for the honey. Boil for 10 minutes and set aside for 30 minutes. Once the syrup has cooled add in the honey and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Take out the syrup and once the cookies are out of the oven, start to dip into the cold syrup. Set aside to cool.
Keyword Brandy, Dessert, Walnuts





  1. Yum! We had Pastichio the other night from a local Greek church. We love Greek food. I need to learn to make this for my family. Thanks! Merry Christmas!
    • Hiii, So glad you enjoyed the Pastichio...:) If you need any help let me know...Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe Christmas. Hugss Sophie :)
  2. I live in Greece and eat them every year. They are really delicious.
    • Ellaaa milas kai ellinika? Ego emena stin Athina proasteio oxi sto kento. :) I left in 2011 lived there for 27 years. Family and friends are there...osoi pantos exune menei. Sou euxomai kala xristougenna me ugeia pano apo ola...Kai STAY SAFE
  3. Love these spiced cookies! Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas!
  4. Mmm yum, and good tip about the syrup. My mother loves syrup. She eats it out of the can or squeezy tub. Yuck! 😂 MERRY CHRISTMAS, Sophie! I hope you & yours enjoy the festive holidays as much as possible 🎄 xxxx
    • Hi Cazz, How are you idoing sweetie?? How was your Christmas? Thank you so very much...and I will you and your family a wonderful and Happy New Year!!! If that's even possible. uffff Hugeee hugsss

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