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Honey Macaroons: Melomakarouna

Melomakárouna are crumbly cookies made with nuts and dipped in homemade syrup.  Along with kourabiedes, they are very popular cookies that can be found during the Christmas season.  Although not on the Athens Family Restaurant menu, these cookies can be made for you by special order.  Call us at least 48 hours ahead of time and we’ll make a fresh batch for you to take home.


2 cups oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
grated rind of one orange
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tbs. honey
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tbs. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
3 to 4 lbs. of flour


1 cup honey
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick


1.  Mix the oil with the sugar in a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients except the flour.  Mix it well and begin adding in the flour, a cup full at a time, working it with your hands until you have a soft cookie dough that you can handle.

2.  Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Take a walnut sized piece of dough and shape it into an oblong oval.  Some ladies press the cookie on an upside down dish that has cut-glass designs for a more elaborate surface.  put the cookie on a greased cookie sheet.  Proceed with the rest of the dough.

3.  Bake the cookies 10 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown.  While the cookies are baking, make your syrup.  Mix together the syrup ingredients in a sauce pan and boil it for 10 minutes.  Remove the pot from the heat and set it close to your work area along with a platter or pan for the cookies to go into.

4.  As the cookies finish baking, using a spatula or slotted spoon, dip the cookies into the syrup for 30 seconds and then set them in your pan or platter and sprinkle them with chopped nuts.  Continue with all the cookies.  When the bottom of one pan has been completely filled with cookies, start another pan so all the cookies remain in single layers.

5.  Once the cookies have cooled off completely, they can be arranged in muffin papers, sprinkling them with more nuts if desired.