Melomakarona

Author: Canadian Living

These traditional walnut-stuffed Greek Christmas treats are dipped in a honey syrup. For optimal flavour, refrigerate and enjoy the next day to allow the syrup to be fully absorbed.

  • Portion size 90 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 45 walnut halves halved
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnut
Syrup:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1/2 cup wildflower honey
  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 1/2 lemon

Method

Syrup: In saucepan, boil water, sugar, honey and lemon half until reduced to 3 cups (750 mL), about 35 minutes. Discard lemon.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk oil with butter; whisk in sugar until combined. Whisk in orange juice and vanilla.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into oil mixture.

Knead to form smooth dough. Roll by 1 tbsp (15 mL) into balls. Press walnut quarter into each. Form into oval, enclosing walnut. Place, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; slide paper and cookies onto racks.

Return syrup to boil. Remove from heat. Dip warm cookies into hot syrup for 5 seconds, turning to coat; transfer to racks. Immediately sprinkle chopped walnuts over top, pressing slightly. Let cool completely.

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 20 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 95.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 22 mg
  • Cholesterol 3 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 12 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 7.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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