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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
5 from 1 vote

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.