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Sugar Free Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

No Sugar Melomakarona - Greek Christmas honey cookies

Rediscovering Tradition with Sugar-Free Melomakarona

In the spirit of tradition and health-conscious choices, our sugar-free Melomakarona recipe offers a delightful twist on the classic Greek holiday treat. Savor the essence of the festive season with these guilt-free cookies that strike the perfect balance between tradition and wellness.

Essential Ingredients: Balancing Flavors for Sugar-Free Bliss

Elevate your baking experience by delving into the wholesome components that make Melomakarona a guilt-free delight. From the lusciousness of olive oil to the warmth of ground cinnamon, each ingredient plays a vital role in crafting the perfect sugar-free cookie. Explore the symphony of spices and citrus as ground clove, cinnamon, and orange zest come together to create a burst of flavors.

Mastering the Technique: From Dough to Distinctive Shapes

Embark on a culinary journey as we guide you through the meticulous process of crafting the perfect Melomakarona dough. Achieve the ideal texture and flavor, ensuring each cookie is a masterpiece. Learn the art of shaping, from intricate meshed patterns to the final, perfectly baked result.

Dipping and Serving: Elevating the Melomakarona Experience

The final steps of our recipe bring the Melomakarona to life. Watch as these freshly baked delights take a delightful dip in homemade syrup, enhancing their sweetness. Present them on a large plate, generously sprinkled with crushed walnuts, for a visually appealing and mouthwatering experience that captures the essence of Greek holiday traditions.

No Sugar Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

No Sugar Christmas Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)

Recipe by George Zolis
3.0 from 2 votes

Experience the festive delight of sugar-free Melomakarona, where tradition meets wellness. Our recipe transforms this classic Greek treat into a wholesome, flavorful experience, allowing you to indulge in the holiday spirit without compromising on health. From the nourishing blend of olive oil to the aromatic symphony of spices, every step is a celebration of tradition and taste. Crafted with care, dipped in homemade syrup, and adorned with crushed walnuts, these cookies redefine the joy of guilt-free indulgence, ensuring each bite is a journey into the heart of Greek holiday traditions.

Course: DessertCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Cookies
  • 200 g 7 oz Olive oil

  • 300 g 10.6 oz Corn oil

  • 300 g 10.6 oz Honey

  • 200 g 7 oz Orange juice

  • 80 g 2.8 oz Cognac or Brandy

  • Zest of 2 oranges

  • 1000 g 2 lb All purpose flour

  • 200 g 7 oz Fine Semolina

  • 20 g 0.7 oz Baking powder

  • 10 g 0.4 oz Baking soda

  • 2 g 0.1 oz Ground clove

  • 10 g 0.4 oz Ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch 1 pinch Salt

  • 150 g 5.3 oz Walnuts, crushed

  • For the Syrup
  • 1500 g 3 lb Honey

  • 350 g 12.3 oz Water

  • Peels of one orange

  • 2 2 Cinnamon sticks

  • Juice of half a lemon

Recipe directions

  • Making the Syrup
  • Place a pot over heat. Add water, cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat, then add the honey and stir well.
  • Set the syrup aside to cool.
  • Making the Melomakarona
  • In a big bowl add the corn oil, olive oil, honey, a pinch of salt and stir.
  • Add the cognac (or brandy) and stir. Add the ground clove, ground cinnamon and stir.
  • Add the orange zest and baking powder.
  • Combine the baking soda with orange juice, then add it to the bowl.
  • Add the fine semolina and stir.
  • Gradually incorporate the flour while mixing. Mix until dough.
  • Set the dough aside for 20 minutes.
  • Shaping the Melomakarona cookies
  • Take a small portion of the dough (about 30 g) and shape it into a cookie.
  • Gently press it into a meshed container to create the pattern.
  • Arrange the cookies on a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Baking the Melomakarona cookies
  • Preheat the oven to 170 C (340 F) and bake for 30 minutes.
  • To assemble
  • Dip the hot cookies into the cold syrup for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Transfer the melomakarona to a rack.
  • Serving the Melomakarona
  • Serve the melomakarona on a large plate. Sprinkle crushed walnuts on top.

Nutrition Facts

90 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 6.5g 10%
    • Saturated Fat 0.8g 0%
  • Sodium 33.5mg 2%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 62.5mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27.2g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.6g 0%
    • Sugars 16.6g
  • Protein 1.9g 2%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.