Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Greek Recipes for Fried Sweets and Pastries

Fabulous honey puffs, donuts, crepes, dessert pancakes, small pies (pitakia), and other confections, fried to perfection.

Loukoumades (Loukoumathes)- Greek Honey Puffs

Loukoumades are golden puffs of fried dough that are bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts.


Diples (THEE-ples) get their name from the Greek word for “fold.” They are thin sheets of dough that are folded while being fried into a crispy package that is drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon and ground walnuts.

Cheese Pie from Sfakia Crete – Sfakianopites

Sfakia is an area in southwestern Crete which is famous for its traditions and culture. This local recipe for small fried cheese pies calls for ouzo and myzithra cheese.

Fried Cheese with Preserves – Manouri me Kythoni

Manouri is a delightful, light, sweet cheese that lends itself wonderfully to a variety of dessert dishes. This version is for fried manouri garnished with delicious quince preserves, another Greek favorite.

Honey Puffs with Orange – Loukoumathes me Portokali

These small puffs of dough are fried and soaked in a honey syrup flavored with orange, then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Honey Puffs with Yogurt – Loukoumathes me Yiaourti

This recipe for these light, delicious sweets is made with yogurt.

Honey Spirals – Thiples

Thiples are wafer-thin strips of dough fried in hot oil, drizzled liberally with honey and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds or cinnamon and nuts. Sound good? They are delicious!

Honey-Dipped Spiral Pastries – Xerotigana

These crisp spiral pastries are a specialty of the Greek island of Crete. Thin strips of dough are shaped into spirals and quickly fried in hot oil, then dipped in a honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, walnuts, and sesame seeds.

Small Sweet Cheese Pies – Myzithropitakia

This recipe for small cheese pies (pitakia) uses myzithra, a favorite dessert cheese. Can’t find myzithra cheese? Try farmer’s cheese. Follow step-by-step instructions with photos to make this delicious dessert or snack.

Sugar-Sprinkled Donuts

A favorite Greek street food, this is a recipe for yeast donuts.

Syrup-Dipped Fried Cakes – Touloubakia

Touloubakia are small capsule-shaped pieces of dough that are fried, then dipped in a sweet syrup.

“Turban” Cheese Pie – Sarikopita

These cheese pies contain no sugar, either in the filling or the dough (homemade phyllo or a heavier weight commercial phyllo) and are a good choice for diabetics (without the optional dusting of confectioner’s sugar).

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