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Greek Christmas honey cookies with chocolate - Melomakarona

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Dairy Free Diet

    Excludes foods such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and their by-products.

  • Egg Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to this food.

Greek Christmas honey cookies with chocolate - Melomakarona


For the syrup

  • The syrup should be prepared 3-4 hours before you start making the cookies because the syrup needs to have cooled completely before pouring it over the freshly baked cookies.
  • Place a pot over high heat.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the syrup, apart from the honey and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat and add the honey.
  • Stir to incorporate and set syrup aside to cool completely.

For the Christmas cookies

  • Preheat oven to 190* C (370* F) Fan.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the 1st mixture and whisk until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour and semolina.
  • Finely chop the chocolate couverture and add to the flour mixture.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir with your hands for about 10 seconds at the most so it doesn’t split. If you stir any longer, all of the oil from the mixture will start to ooze out and will ruin the texture of the cookies.
  • When ready, shape the mixture into cookies that are 3-4 cm in diameter and 25-30 g each, making sure they are as evenly shaped as possible.
  • Gently press on each cookie with a spider or a fork to press down on them a little to impress them and give them a more oval shape which is very characteristic of melomakarona.
  • Transfer to 2 baking pans lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake each baking pan separately for about 20 minutes, until they turn golden and crunchy.
  • When ready, remove from oven and drop the cookies immediately into the cool syrup. Allow to soak for 10-15 seconds.
  • Remove from syrup and let them drain and cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve the Christmas cookies drizzled with honey and sprinkled with walnuts.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
11 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
16 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
12 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
11 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
18 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
5 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
4 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
1 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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