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
Juice and rind of one orange
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
9 cups sifted flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts
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.
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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