Oh, hi! It’s been a little while. I took a mini break from blogging. Because holidays. This time of year always gets a little hectic with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, etc. You know what I’m saying.
But I’m back today and sharing one of my favorite Greek cookies: Melomakarona (meh-loh-mah-KAH-roh-nah)! Also known as finikia (fih-KNEE-kya). They’re little biscuit cookies spiced with orange, cinnamon, and cloves, soaked in a honey syrup. Oh, they also have brandy in them. When it comes to Greeks and Christmas, you can absolutely bet these cookies will make an appearance. They scream Christmas cookies.
One cookie with two very different names? What gives? Good question. I was recently shopping at my favorite local store, Sophia’s Greek Pantry, where Sophia was giving out samples of her melomakarona (which were AMAZING, like everything she makes) and a customer asked Sophia why some people call them finikia. Her answer, which was my favorite was, “I don’t know. I think Greek-Americans just got lazy.”