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Melomacarona (Greek Honey-Dipped Cookies)

  • Servings: 60

These Greek-style cookies make the perfect gift from the kitchen. The easy recipe takes several steps to make, but it's worth it. This cookie is easier to make with parchment paper. The sturdy, nonstick paper comes in handy when baking, cookies bake more evenly and can be removed without breaking from parchment paper. Plus, because you're baking right on the paper, clean-up is a easy; just toss. To store: Layer cookies between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups mild-flavored olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cognac or orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 recipe Spiced Honey Glaze (see recipe below)
  • Parchment paper

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a very large bowl, whisk together oil, 1-1/4 cups sugar, the orange peel, orange juice, cognac, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, the baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and cloves until well combined. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon. Dough will be stiff.

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Dough will be crumbly as you knead it. Form dough into a ball.

Step 3

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Using a slightly rounded tablespoon of dough for each cookie, shape dough into 2-1/2x1-1/2-inch ovals, 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Dip dough ovals in cinnamon-sugar mixture, turning to coat both sides. Place ovals 1-inch apart on a parchment paper-cookie sheet. Brush tops of ovals very lightly with beaten egg white. Place 2 to 3 almond slices atop each cookie, pressing lightly onto cookies.

Step 4

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are just firm when lightly touched and tops are lightly browned. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 5

Set cooling racks atop sheets of parchment paper. Dip cooled cookies into Spiced Honey Glaze, turning to coat both sides. Remove from syrup with two forks, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Set cookies on prepared cooling racks. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Step 6

Spiced Honey Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 inches stick cinnamon, and 1 whole clove. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cool completely before dipping cookies.

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