Melomakarona - Recipe

This past week at my work we had a Thanksgiving potluck. We were supposed to bring a dish that represented the holidays to us. I decided to go the Greek route and make my favorite cookies for this time of year - Melomakarona. They are probably my favorite because of my love for honey - they are a yummy honey walnut cookie.

My dad is normally the baker in the family - so I went to my parents house to make them and get some advice. Which is a good thing because the first instruction was to melt the butter and remove the salt from the top - which I didn't even really know what that meant. There is a picture below of the butter so you can see what I mean. Maybe I'm slow in the world of baking - but I didn't know that the white foamy stuff that formed at the top when you melt butter was salt.
Well, the rest was easy - if not a bit time consuming. And they were yummy! If you are interested in the recipe I used - here it is. Enjoy!

Melomakarona (Full recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies... I made 1/2 the recipe)

1 lb. butter
2 cups Wesson Oil
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
Juice and rind of one orange
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
9 cups sifted flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts
Honey

Melt butter and let salt settle. Remove salt and pour off clarified butter (cooled) into bowl. Add oil and sugar and blend thoroughly. Add eggs, nuts, orange juice and rind, mixing well after each addition. Sift together all the dry ingredients and then blend in the liquid mixture to form dough that will not stick to your hands. Shape into oval cookies and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool.

Honey Syrup
3 cups sugar
1 cup pure honey
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Gently dip cookies into honey syrup once or twice and then place on wax paper. Sprinkle with walnuts and a dash of cinnamon.

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Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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