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Moustokouloura: Grape Molasses Cookies

In Greek: μουστοκούλουρα, say: moo-stoh-KOO-loo-rah

This recipe for Grape Molasses Cookies is made withpetimezi – a sweetener that dates back to the Bronze Age. Buy it or make it at home to create these delicious cookies that are made with olive oil and no butter, eggs, or milk.

The recipe makes 25-35 cookies, depending on the size.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of grape molasses (petimezi)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 6 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder


Dissolve baking soda in the brandy.

Whisk together the flour and baking powder.

Combine oil, grape molasses, and sugar in a saucepan, stir well, and boil for several minutes until completely blended. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and stir in brandy (with dissolved baking soda), orange juice, cinnamon and cloves.

Add flour (with baking powder) slowly, mixing to create the cookie dough.

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Using pieces of dough, pat into thick cookies (about 1/2 inches high) in round or oval shapes. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 20 minutes. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size of the cookies.

Yield: 25 – 35 Grape Molasses Cookies

Note: To increase the recipe quantity, increase all ingredients proportionately.

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