Christmas Honey Biscuits
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Melomakarona, Greek Christmas honey biscuits, are light and crisp rather than heavy and syrupy.
1 cup oil
2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange peel, grated
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup brandy
3 egg yolks
2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder Flour
1 cup honey
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon stick, cloves, lemon peel
Chopped walnuts for topping
Whip butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
Beat in ingredients in order given, adding just enough flour to make pliable dough.
Quickly shape into small ovals, press with fork to make a design and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
Boil syrup ingredients together for 7 minutes and quickly dip cool biscuits into hot syrup. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Make extra syrup, if needed.
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Greek Christmas Facts
During the twelve days of Christmas, Greeks traditionally burn herbs in the fireplace to prevent mischievous goblins, called kallikantzeri, from dropping down the chimney to extinguish the fire or sour the milk. Hanging a cross wrapped in basil over a bowl of water also helps ward off the kallikantzeri, as does leaving chunks of meat outside the door as a bribe.
The first letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is identical to our X.