During the Christmas Holidays the Greek Christmas traditions include a lot of delicious recipes.

Melomakarona, kourabiedes, diples, vasilopita and Christopsomo are some of the most known tradional Greek recipes that are being made around Christmas.

Here is the recipe of one of the beloved and easy to make, Greek honey cookies, Melomakarona.

The word “melomakarona” is a combination of the two words “meli”, which means honey and “makarona”that comes from the ancient word “makaria” and means blessed.

Ingredients for homemade traditional melomakarona:


500gr. water
700gr. sugar
1 kg of cinnamon
100gr honey
Half an orange


  • 500 gr. olive oil
  • 400gr. Orange juice
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • ½ kg baking soda
  • 1 flat tbsp of Cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp of clove powder
  • 2 oranges (only the zest)
  • 1 kg of flour for all uses (you may need 100 gr. above)
    Coarsely chopped walnuts and honey for serving

How to make the best traditional melomakarona:

First we make the syrup to have enough time for it to be cold so we pour it to the warm cookies!
Put the water, sugar, orange and cinnamon in a saucepan. Once it starts to boil, remove from the heat and add the honey! Leave it aside to cool!


In a bowl place the oil, juice, icing, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Mix very well and add the flour!

The mixing should be done very gently by hand (it does not need much mixing so that our dough does not tighten).

Shape the cookies into an oval shape and pierce lightly with a fork.

Place them in oil paste and bake in a preheated oven in the air at 180 degrees Celsius until they have a more golden color.

Once unbaked, pour them hot into cold syrup, turn them over and place them in a sieve so that they drain well!

Once drained, put them on a plate and add coarsely chopped walnuts and honey to each layer!

If you wish to make them even more delicious you should definitely add some more honey  and cinnamon on top.

Good luck!!
Merry Christmas with health, love and unlimited smiles!


*The honey and olive oil of this recipe is from the Greek company  Carburi Estate


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Photography: Marios Kades
Text Editor: Juliet Moumouri
Translation - Text Editor: Marilia Makri
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