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Melomakarona Gemista: Greek Christmas Stuffed Honey Cookies

Christmas desserts are my favorite ones. So, I cannot resist eating them. Recently, I tasted melomakarona gemista (μελομακόρονα γεμιστά) and I have one word to describe them: Amazing! The stuffing gives a truly mouthwatering dimension and this was a surprise to me. Make these delicious Greek stuffed honey cookies this Christmas and you will definitely surprise your family and your guests.

Quite similar, but yet richer in taste, to the traditional melomakarona you might be making every year, to make melomarona gemista, you need the following ingredients: Greek olive oil, sugar, baking ammonia, baking soda, clove, cinnamon, orange juice, orange zest, lemon zest, flour, walnuts, raisins, cognac, and honey.

This melomakarona gemista recipe takes around 1 1 1/2 hours to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. It gives around 80-100 pieces depending the size you decide to make them.

Melomakarona gemista

Melomakarona Gemista – Ingredients

  • 3 water glasses of Greek olive oil
  • 500 g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking ammonia
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of clove
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • The juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 orange zest
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2 k of flour

Stuffing – Ingredients

  • 1/2 of walnuts, crushed
  • 100 g of golden raisins
  • 1/4 of water glass of cognac

Syrup – Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 k of sugar
  • 1/2 k of honey
  • 4 teacups of water

Melomakarona Gemista – Instructions

  1. Start making melomakarona gemista by taking a deep bowl and add all the stuffing ingredients and mix them.
  2. Separate the orange juice in half. Dissolve the baking ammonia into the one half of the orange juice and the baking soda in the other.
  3. Take a mixer bowl and add the olive oil and sugar. Mix until sugar is totally dissolved. Add cinnamon and clove and stir with a spatula. Add slowly the flour until the dough becomes soft.
  4. Take a baking pan and grease it well with some butter.
  5. Preheat oven to 356°F.
  6. Use a tablespoon as a measure, scoop out small, equal-sized pieces of dough, squeeze it the middle, and place some of the stuffing. Cover the stuffing with the dough.
  7. Place the melomakarona one inch apart in the baking pan. Bake for around 30 minutes.
  8. Prepare the syrup by boiling all ingredients for around 6 minutes.
  9. Remove melomakarona from the oven and with a silver spatula dip them in the syrup while they are still hot.
  10. Place them on a plate and sprinkle them with some walnuts.

I hope you like this melomakarona gemista recipe. I hope the message of Christmas fills your life with joy, happiness,  and peace. Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season. Merry Christmas.

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