21 January 2011

Greek Honey Cookies

Athena from A Field of Dreams  asked me to post her virtual shower gift to Justine on my blog.   I hope you'll be inspired by these cookies to go check out her blog and see what other treasures she has to share. 

Athena  says:
In Greek-Australian tradition when a child is born, practically all the friends and relatives turn up to the hospital or home. With them they usually have a plate of Greek biscuits. As there are so many people who visit; biscuits, coffee and tea are given to the visitors as a small gesture of thanks. So as a virtual visit to Justine's Shower I give her these for her family, friends and visitors.

Melomacarona (Greek Honey Cookies) Mελομακάρονα
2 c. olive oil
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. brandy
7 1/2 to 8 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Soda


FOR THE SYRUP:
2 c. honey
2 c. sugar
2 c. Water


Beat together first four ingredients. Sift flour, baking powder and soda three times. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the oil mixture 1 cup at a time and knead gently. Pinch off small portions of dough the size of an egg and form into little patties. Roll them to make oblong rolls. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake in 180 degree oven for 30 minutes. Boil honey, sugar and water for five minutes. Pour syrup over cookies in a deep pan. Allow to soak for 15 minutes. Take them out of the syrup and place on a large platter. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. Makes 40.

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