This particular recipe for Greek Christmas Honey Cookies does not have special food styling, nor many shots. But it has a small hand that for his sake I jumped into the kitchen to make cookies with dates and honey, no sugar added.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RECIPE
I don’t think there is any Greek Christmas Honey Cookies recipe that is difficult. Usually only two bowls are enough, and a saucepan for the syrup. But in this recipe I will also add a blender which was needed to puree the dates.
Before you start making the recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients. Once you do that start making the syrup. We make the syrup first so it has time to cool. For the best possible syruping of the honey cookies, the syrup should be cold and the honey cookies warm.
THE INGREDIENTS OF THE RECIPE
So if this Christmas you want to try sugar-free honey cookies your own reasons, write down the ingredients:
- honey and dates
- cloves, cinnamon
- oranges and orange juice
- sunflower oil
- all purpose flour, semolina, baking powder and baking soda
CAN I MAKE VEGAN MELOMAKARONA?
Making a vegan melomakarono is the easiest thing. You only have to substitute honey in the syrup, and the butter. You can substitute honey with an equal amount of maple syrup or agave.
MAY I SUBSTITUTE FINE SEMOLINA?
Some people do not like the feeling that semolina gives to melomakarono. The semolina makes the melomakarono a little more crunchy. So if you also prefer a softer version of it, then you can substitute it with a corresponding quantity of flour.
ANY OTHER TIPS?
In addition to the above I will give you two more tips for the perfect melomakarona:
- During their formation you should keep the same size amount them. Otherwise some will be baked more, some as much as needed and some less.
- Before adding them in the oven, lightly carve them with a sharp knife. This way the melomakarona will be cooked better, while the syrup will easier enter their inner world easier.
Filippos’ Greek Christmas Honey Cookies
For the syrup
- 400 ml water
- 300 gr honey
- 3 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole orange, cut in half
For the dough
- 1 cup sunflower oil
- 1 cup orange juice
- 9 dates
- ¼ cup honey
- zest from 1 medium orange
- ½ ground cinnamon
- ⅓ ground cloves
- ½ baking powder
- ⅓ baking soda
- 90 gr fine semolina
- 430-450 gr all-purpose flour
For the syrup
- In a medium saucepan add the ingredients for the syrup and bring to boil. Boil for 4-5 minutes, and then let the syrup cool for about 3 hours.400 ml water, 300 gr honey, 3 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole orange, cut in half
For the dough
- In a small bowl, add hot water and then the dates. Let them soak for at least 10 minutes. Remove from water, peel them and remove the pit.9 dates
- Add the dates together with the honey to a blender and puree.¼ cup honey
- In a large bowl, add all the liquid ingredients, the zest, the herbs, the baking powder and the soda. Mix very well with an egg beater and then add the date mixture.1 cup sunflower oil, 1 cup orange juice, zest from 1 medium orange, ½ ground cinnamon, ⅓ ground cloves, ½ baking powder, ⅓ baking soda
- In a second bowl, add the flour and semolina. Mix by hand and then add to the bowl with the wet ingredients.90 gr fine semolina, 430-450 gr all-purpose flour
- Mix very gently by hand, for a very short time, until all the flour is wet.
- Mold cookie dough into oval shapes (30 gr each). Try to keep them as similar as possible.With the help of a sharp knife, lightly carve the melomakarona to create streaks.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 20-22 minutes until they get golden brown.Add hot melomakarona in the cold syrup and soak for 20-25 seconds. Drizzle with honey and serve.honey
So this was the recipe for Filippo’s Greek Christmas honey cookies. A recipe for our favorite melomakarona without sugar. The dates along with the honey did a great job and these honey cookies almost magically disappeared.
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