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Moustokouloura (Must Cookies)


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 cup of Petimezi-(Greek wine must syrup)
  • Grated zest from 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup of Orange juice
Moustokouloura (Must Cookies)

Moustokouloura (Must Cookies)


  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves into a large bowl, making a well in the center.
  • Heat the olive oil or butter and pout into the flour mixture.
  • Let it cool down a bit and with the palms of your hands mix the oil with the flour.
  • In a smaller bowl, beat the honey, petimezi (must), grated orange zest, and 1/2 the orange juice and pour into the well.
  • Mix together to make the dough adding the remaining orange juice as necessary.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth but not stiff.
  • If the dough is too stiff add some warm water to make it workable and smooth.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to relax for 30 minutes or longer.
  • Break off pieces of dough, about 2 tablespoonfuls each, and roll into snakes or any other shape you want, about 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Press the two ends together, forming oval wreaths, and place on an oiled or non-stick baking pan.
  • Bake in a preheated oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (see conversions) for 15-20 minutes or until they are brown and crunchy, but not too hard.
  • Steven says:

    Great recipe. I would suggest leaving out the cloves and the butter option (there is plenty of butter biscuits around, but not so many olive oil ones) and making the concentrated must at home simply by boiling off half the volume of some grape juice.

    October 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • lola says:

      I agree. No butter for this recipe ever, and I do not recommend cloves. I just made some from a traditional recipe that came from my great grandmother.

      November 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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