Melomakarona

Melomakarona

Greek Honey-Walnut Cookies

Dough

½  pound, (250 gr.) unsalted butter or shortening

2  cups of vegetable oil

½ cup white sugar  (if you like them sweet, add up to 1 cup sugar)

½ cup milk

½ cup orange juice

1 shot glass of liqueur  (cognac, amaretto)

2 tbsp. vanilla extract 

4 tsp. baking powder

1  tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground clove

grated rind of one orange

white flour (enough to make dough)

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix in oil by hand or whisk.  Add dry ingredients except soda and flour to the oil mixture.  Add milk.  Add soda to the orange juice (let it foam) and then mix it with the rest of the mixture.  Add enough flour to make a manageable cookie dough (not too stiff).  Form into small ovals by rolling in the palms of your hands and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400° F (200° C ) until browned (approximately 20 min.).

Let cookies cool.  Prepare the honey syrup.  Place 3-4 cookies at a time in the pot and let them soak for a few seconds.  Remove them with a slotted spoon to drain excess syrup and place them on sheet. Immediately sprinkle them with the walnut topping.  Let cool again an EAT THEM!!

Syrup

2 ½ cups water

3  cups white sugar

½ lemon (juice of)

1  tbsp. honey 

Topping

1 ½  cups finely chopped walnuts

1  tsp. white sugar

1  tsp. cinnamon

1  tsp. ground clove

Mix all ingredients in small pot and bring to boil.  Keep hot during whole cookie- dipping procedure.