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Honey Cookies with Samolina – Melomakarona me Simigthali

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup of fine semolina
  • 1/2 a cup of flour
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 pack of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brandy or cognac
  • 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp of orange zest
  • 1 tsp of baking soda

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/2 a cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon


  • 1 cup of roughly crushed walnuts
  • Cinnamon powder
Honey Cookies with Samolina - Melomakarona me Simigthali

Honey Cookies with Samolina – Melomakarona me Simigthali


  • Pour the olive oil in the mixer bowl with the sugar and beat for about an hour.
  • After beating the oil and sugar for an hour, add in the mixer bowl the baking soda diluted in the orange juice, the brandy and the orange zest.
  • Add the semolina and flour a little bit at a time and beat it well until it becomes soft dough.
  • Remove the dough from the mixers bowl and make the Melomakarona in cylindrical shapes about 3 inches long and place them in a lightly greased baking pan.
  • With a fork press the top of the Melomakarona to break the round shape and make it uneven.
  • Bake in a preheated oven to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down.
  • In the meantime prepare the syrup.
  • Place all the ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring them to boil for about 10 minutes, making sure to stir so the sugar will melt and mix with the honey.
  • Reduce the heat and dip the cold Melomakarona (3-4 at a time) in the syrup for about a minute.
  • Remove them from the syrup with a perforated spoon and place them on a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle your Melomakarona (Honey Cookies) with the crashed walnuts and powder cinnamon.
  • Lea says:

    Beat the sugar for an hour !! Come on

    December 16, 2013 at 12:51 am
  • kostas says:

    Not only is no need to beat the oil and sugar for an hour, just enough to dissolve the sugar in the oil, what suppose to do with the butter?
    In the ingredients list you have a whole thing of butter, where that goes?
    Let me tell you … it goes with the oil and beaten with the sugar, the only reason for the butter is flavor.
    By the way, I am greek and making these cookies since I remember my self

    December 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

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