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MELOMAKARONA (GREEK CHRISTMAS COOKIES)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kilo All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Semolina
  • 100 grams Sugar
  • 1/2 litre 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
 

  • 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.
  • 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 Melomakarano into a large baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a large sauce pan add in the ingredients for the syrup and boil for about 15 minutes and until thickened.
  • When the cookies have baked pour the hot syrup over them and top with the chopped Walnuts.