Melomakarona(Greek) /Kalburabasti(Turkish)

These honey deep spice cookies belong to Mediterranean region. I know that  melomakorano/kalburabasti  cookies are traditional to Greeks and Turks. Melomakaronas are Christmas treats for Greeks and Kalburabasti is also served for weddings/holidays  among Turks.

They are one of my favorite cookies and  my daughter’s, as well. I have to give her credit for this delicious dessert. For once, I was the one being pampered while I watched her make her first melomakarona/kalburabasti.

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  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 3 3/4 cups pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • 2 cups Greek amber honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together first 4 ingredients. Sift flour, baking powder, cloves, and baking soda 3 times.
  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the oil mixture and knead gently.
  4. Pinch off 2 1/2 tbsp. portions of dough and form into little flat oblongs (football shapes). Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet 2-inches apart.
  5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.


  1. Boil honey, sugar, water, and cinnamon for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour syrup over hot melomakarona cookies.
  3. Allow to soak for 15 minutes, take them out of the syrup and place on large plate.
  4. Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts

One thought on “Melomakarona(Greek) /Kalburabasti(Turkish)

  1. Kalburabasti is so delicious! I find it a little rich than I normally prefer in sweets but it is alsolutely mouthwatering. My mother-in-low makes gelin tatlisi which is a lot like kalburabasti, except I think the shape and there is a whole walnut inside. So delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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