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Place of originGreece
Main ingredientsSemolina, olive oil and honey

The melomakarono (Greek: μελομακάρονο plural: μελομακάρονα, melomakarona) is an egg-shaped Greek dessert made mainly from flour, olive oil, and honey.[1] Along with the kourabies it is a traditional dessert prepared primarily during the Christmas holiday season.

Historically, melomakarona are thought to be derived from the ancient and medieval makaria, which were eaten during funerals. Gradual changes in the recipe and the addition of dipping them in honey led to melomakarona which etymologically is derived from the Greek word for honey "meli" and "makaria".[2]

Typical ingredients of the melomakarono are flour or semolina, sugar, orange zest and/or fresh juice, cognac (or similar beverage), cinnamon and olive oil.[3][4] During rolling they are often filled with ground walnuts. Immediately after baking, they are immersed for a few seconds in cold syrup made of honey and sugar dissolved in water. Finally, they are decorated with ground, as well as bigger pieces of walnut. Dark chocolate-covered melomakarona are also a more recent variation of the traditional recipe.

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  1. ^ "Melomakarona - Honey Cookies with Walnuts".
  2. ^ "The Etymological Roots of Melomakarona and Kourambiedes". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ Yagkou, Varvara. "Μελομακάρονα γεμιστά". (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Μελομακάρονα γεμιστά". Retrieved 17 April 2020.