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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Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 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

Syrup

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

Cookies

  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.

Syrup

  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