Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies) and a giveaway

It’s been very hectic the past days with so many things to do that I hardly find time to post or visit my favourite blogs.  I am going to make a quick post because I want to thank all of my readers which have reached Kopiaste to over 1.000 hits a day.

Melomakarona are our Christmas Cookies, which I have posted last year and the year before so this year there was no point of posting the same recipe again by just changing a few ingredients.

I decided to make a recipe of my own, without of course changing the whole taste and texture of this delicious, honey bathed cookie.  I used all the main ingredients of memomakarona which is olive oil, sugar flour and semolina but there is something different in the flavour and in the filling.

As you may see from the picture I have shaped the melomakarona different than the traditional way and I did not use a box grater but I used “something else” this year, something we probably all have in our kitchens.

Melomakarona are not filled cookies (and if they are they are probably filled with walnuts) but I decided to fill it with “……….” an ingredient which Greeks would not expect when eating melomakarona.   After bathing the melomakarona in the honey syrup I used a special flavoured chocolate and dipped the melomakarona in and then I covered half of them with a different type of chocolate shavings and the other half with pistachios.

I am not going to reveal the “secret ingredients” but if you would like to win a professional pair of Kitchen Scissors, with which you can cut herbs, meat, paper packages, parchment paper, it can even cut the bones of a chicken, here is what you have to do.

You have five ways to win.  Choose whichever suits you best. If you choose all five you will have to leave a separate comment for each entry so that you have five different numbers.  The winner will be selected from

1. Leave a comment telling me what you think about the melomakarona.

2. Leave a comment guessing one of the four underlined secret ingredients.

3. Twitter it and tell me you did - make sure to leave your twitter user name.

4. Leave me a message on the post on Facebook and tell me you did.

5.  Blog about it in one of your posts and provide the link in the comment.

The giveaway is not only for bloggers but it is for all my readers (including the Greek blog) who will have to provide a valid address if they win. (No P.O. boxes please) and I will ship it anywhere you are.  The comments of the Greek blog will count after the comments here e.g., if there are 20 comments here and 5 on the Greek blog, they will count as numbers 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.  The winner will be announced on Thursday the 24th December.

From now on you will be seeing a lot of my recipes without the ingredients as I am planning to publish a cookbook so I will be keeping some of my original recipes to myself without revealing the ingredients.

However, in case you like one of my recipes and you will want it, please e-mail me and I will gladly provide you with the recipe.  Non bloggers may use the contact form which is above the header.

I suppose you must be curious to find about the secrets I mentioned:

a)  The filling is with chocolate couverture.

b)  The cookies have been scented with orange liqueur (apart from the orange juice and orange rind included)

c)  The design has been made with an egg cutter.  Some times I pressed them only once and sometime twice in the opposite direction.

d)  The second chocolate I used outside is a Cadbury’s chocolate with capuccino and coffee crisps.

The winner will be announced on the post for Loukoumia tou Gamou (24/12).

This recipe goes to Cinzia of Cindystar, for her event Baking under the Christmas Tree.

Othe relevant recipes:

Melomakarona with pecans

Melomakarona (the classic recipe)


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