Recipe: Melomakarona

Who can resist these traditional holiday cookies?

Here’s a recipe to try.



    • 1/2 cups olive oil
    • 1-1/2 cups butter
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
    • 2 level teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 cup brandy
    • Grated orange rind
    • About 3 lbs flour
    • Walnuts, coarsely grated
    • Cinnamon


    • 1-1/2 cups honey
    • 1-1/2 cups water
    • 1-1/2 cups sugar
    • Cinnamon stick



Google Images
Google Images



Preheat oven to 350◦.

  1. Beat the olive oil and butter for several minutes. Add the sugar and mix thoroughly.
  2. Dissolve baking soda in the orange juice. Add to mix.
  3. Mix in brandy and grated orange rind.
  4. Add flour a little at a time, until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Knead the dough, and form it into ovals about 2-1/2 inches. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Place on a rack to cool.
  8. Boil the syrup ingredients for 5 minutes.
  9. When cookies are partially cooled, pour hot syrup over them. Sprinkle with walnuts and cinnamon.
Thanks for reading! You’re part of a growing audience around the globe that relies on WindyCity Greek to discover the Best of the Greek World. It’s becoming more and more expensive to produce this publication and maintain the site. We want to keep our publication and website free, so people across the globe may find out about the innovative and exciting endeavors of Greeks around the world. If you’re enjoying this magazine and site, we humbly ask you for your support, so we may continue to bring you the Best of the Greek World. We appreciate it! Sponsor us today!