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GREEK CHRISTMAS COOKIES (MELOMAKARONA)

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Semolina
  • 100 grams Sugar
  • 1/2 liter Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 200 ml fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg Optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated Clove
  • 2 grated Orange Peels

Syrup:

  • 500 grams Sugar
  • 500 ml Water
  • 200 grams Honey
  • 250 grams Walnuts chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add all the ingredients except for the flour. Once all is combined add in the flour a little at a time and knead all the ingredients until it has become one mass.
  2. Take a small piece of dough at a time and start to knead in your hands and shaping it in the form of an egg. Place each one Melomakarano into a large baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. In a large sauce pan add in the ingredients for the syrup and boil for about 15 minutes and until thickened.
  4. When the cookies have baked pour the hot syrup over them and top with the chopped Walnuts.