For those of you who also find Melomakarona to be a bit of a tongue twister these are also known as Greek Honey Dipped Spice Cookies, and I tell you, they're fantastic!

Enjoying a cookie with a Greek Coffee

These biscuits are meant to be made around Christmas, but I'm sorry, they're too good to limit to having only once a year!

Honey Dipped Spice Cookies

They're dipped in warm honey which is spiced with cinnamon and cloves and then generously sprinkled with crushed walnuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon. You can see why they're meant for Christmas, but take my word for it, they're fantastic at any time of the year. They're supposed to be made with olive oil but because of cost, I use sunflower oil with great results.

Mmmm... Greek Coffee and Cookies

Something else that's great about them is that they last very well, so if you can control yourself to not eat them all, they're perfect for storing away for when guests come around :)

This recipe makes about 80 cookies, I know, it sounds like a lot, but like I said, they store really well and are very moreish so you'll see them disappear quickly, but the recipe is easily halved or quartered if you'd rather have less around to tempt you :)

Melomakarona and Greek Coffee


Cookies ready for baking

Cookie Dough

12 cups Plain Flour

3 cups Olive / Sunflower Oil

2 cups Sugar

1 cup Water, lukewarm

Juice of 1 Orange

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

1½ tsp Ground Cloves

1 cup Walnuts, coursely ground

Dipping in warm honey syrup


1 cup Honey

2 cups Sugar

2 cups Water

1 Cinnamon Stick

10 Whole Cloves

Juice of ½ a Lemon

Mixed Topping


2½ cups Sesame Seeds, toasted

1½ cups Walnuts, coarsely ground

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C Fan Assisted)
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the orange juice
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder, whisk thoroughly to mix
  • In another large bowl, combine the oil, water and orange juice/baking soda, ground cinnamon and cloves
  • Beat on low until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes
  • While beating, add about 2 thirds of the flour mixture ½ a cup at a time
  • Beat on low speed until mixed well
  • Continue with dough hooks or by hand
  • Add the ground walnuts and the remaining flour mixture, ½ a cup at a time
  • Kneed by hand for about 5 minutes, the dough is ready when it doesn't stick to your hands and it will be oily
  • Shape the cookies by taking a small fistful of dough and shape it into a small round circle or oval (I like to make mine something like rugby balls)
  • Flatten the bottom with your fingers
  • Place cookies, flat side down, on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper, a few cm of space between each one
  • Bake until browned, 30-35 minutes
  • Remove from heat and cool completely on cooling racks (they must be completely cold before dipping into the honey syrup)
  • Combine and mix topping ingredients together and set aside
  • In a large pot or a deep frying pan, combine all of the syrup ingredients
  • Bring to a boil over a medium high heat and cook for 10 minutes
  • Turn the heat to low and remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves
  • Dunk cookies into the hot syrup, use a spatula or similar to hold them under for 10-20 seconds, you can also turn them over a couple of times
  • Once soaked, remove from syrup and allow to drip off some of the excess
  • Arrange on a serving plate or dish
  • When a layer has been laid out, sprinkle generously with the topping
  • Stack more layers ontop, sprinkling each layer with more of the topping
  • Repeat until all cookies have been soaked, laid out and sprinkled
  • Tip: I like to pour any remaining honey syrup over the whole lot of stacked cookies
Tempting Honey Dipped Spice Cookies

Adapted from:

The Australian Women's Weekly: Cooking Class Greek  - Originally published as "Easy Greek-Style Cookery" (This is the recipe my mom used) & from


Cover dish in plastic wrap or store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature, don't refrigerate

Will keep for a few months in a tin or airtight container

I find these better after a day or 2, they soften up a bit more and the flavours develop

Yes, I was having fun with these photos
Posted on September 26, 2009 and filed under Baked, Sweet.