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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.

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