How to make Christmas honey cookies
With the festive season hot on our heels, it's time to switch things up in the kitchen. We're talking less chocolate, more spices. After all, nothing says Christmas better than a generous dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Haven't got a clue where to start? Founder of Firebake, Konstantino Blokbergen has just the perfect recipe for you. Hand these Greek "Melomakarona" — otherwise known as Christmas honey cookies — out to put your dinner party (and their tummies) in the holiday mood. Who's ready for the long weekend?
*Note: Prepare the syrup and flavour mix before starting on the Christmas honey cookies
Syrup: Here's what you need
200g Granulated Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 Whole Cloves
1 Mandarin, cut in half
Syrup: How to make it
1. Boil all the ingredients for the syrup (apart from honey), until sugar is fully melted.
2. Remove from heat and gently add the honey and mix until all is combined.
3. Let syrup cool down completely for about 3-4 hours.
Flavour mix: Here's what you need
100ml Orange Juice
100ml Sunflower Oil
40ml Olive Oil
10g Caster Sugar
¼ tspn Ground Cloves
1 tspn Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tpsn Ground Nutmeg
¼ tspn Baking Soda
1 Mandarin, grated zest
Christmas honey cookies: Here's what you need
250g All-Purpose Flour
50g Fine Semolina
60g Warm Honey
80g Chopped Walnuts
Christmas honey cookies: How to make it
1. Preheat the oven at 190°C.
2. Put the flavour mix in a bowl and mix it evenly using a hand whisk.
3. In another bowl, mix the all-purpose flour and fine semolina. Then pour it over the flavour mix.
4. Mix by hand, very gently and only for a maximum of 10 seconds. If it's any longer, the mixture may split or start to curdle.
5. Divide the cookie dough into 30g pieces. Mould each of the pieces in your hand in an oval shape (3-4cm in length).
6. Place all the cookies on baking paper on baking trays. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the cookies are dark golden brown.
7. Remove cookies from oven and immediately soak the hot cookies in cool syrup for 10 seconds.
8. Place cookies on wire rack and let them drain. While they cool down, drizzle with warm honey and chopped walnuts.