Melomakarona Cookies


Greek spice cookies.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
5 dozen cookies


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 pound unsalted butter

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon honey

Honey Syrup:

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar


  • ½ cup finely crushed walnuts, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground cloves, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, baking soda, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Beat butter in a separate bowl until light and fluffy; add sugar and mix well. Beat egg yolks and orange juice together in another bowl. Stir egg mixture into the butter mixture; add flour mixture slowly, mixing after each addition. Add honey. Mix until a soft dough forms.

  3. Chill dough until firm enough to work with, about 30 minutes. Shape into small ovals and place a few inches apart on baking sheet sheets. Flatten slightly; cookies will spread.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat honey, water, and sugar together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let syrup cool. Mix walnuts, cinnamon, and cloves together in a bowl to make the topping.

  6. Dip cookies into the cooled syrup for 10 to 15 seconds per side. Sprinkle walnut topping over syrup and let dry completely. Store in muffin cups or between layers of parchment paper.

Cook's Note:

Spiced rum or lager can be substituted for the orange juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

133 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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