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This is the most amazing Greek sweet for Christmas! Their taste is soft but crunchy also and their smell is simply delicious! Every Greek house smells that smell these days! Try out this traditional sweet delight and let the smell of freshly baked cookies, orange and cinnamon remind you it’s Christmas! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

Serves: 40

  • 150g thin semolina (5.3 ounces)
  • 500g flour (soft) (17.6 ounces)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 100g orange juice (3.5 ounces)
  • 3 tbsps cognac
  • 100g sugar (3.5 ounces)
  • 1 flat tbsp powdered cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg (powder)
  • 1/3 tsp clove (powder)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 125g olive oil (4.4 ounces)
  • 125g vegetable oil (4.4 ounces)
  • 50g honey (1.8 ounces)
  • zest of 2 oranges

      For the syrup

  • 500g water (2 cups)
  • 1 kg sugar (35.27 ounces)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • one orange
  • 500g honey (17.64 ounces)

      To garnish

  • 200g chopped walnuts (7 ounces)

1. First of all we make our syrup in a pot, by adding the sugar, honey and water in a pot. Add a cinnamon stick in the syrup and also one orange cut in 2 and 5-6 whole cloves.

2. We stir and wait for it to boil. When it starts boiling we stir, lower the temperature and extract any foam. We stir for 1 minute. Then leave it to be cold.

3. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F /Gas 4)

4. Beat the oil, sugar, orange juice, cognac, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange peel.

5. Siff your flour with the soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Make a hole in the middle and add the liquids. Softly mix the ingredients and then mold in your hands by taking a small amount of dough and pressing it in your palm. You then fold the two sides in the middle and put them on a baking tray.

6. Bake for 25-30 min at 170-180 degrees until they are a golden brown colour.

7. When our biscuits are ready and ΗΟΤ we dip in every biscuit separately in the COLD syrup in a large pot and then place on a serving plate. 

8. Add walnuts on top after we have added the syrup.

 

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