Melomakarono or Melomakarouno is a Greek biscuit called small honey cake or honey cookie in English. Makaronia comes from the ancient Greek word makaria which was a piece of bread offered after a funeral. Later on, the makaria was covered with honey syrup and was called melomakarono from melo(honey) and makaria.
The melomakarona are made of flour, semolina, orange juice, cognac, cinnamon and other aromatics, oil and honey. Nuts are sprinkled on top of the Melomakarona but there are also some in the dough. Their crisp character, the aromatic herbs, the honey in their interior and the nuts in the final stage are enough to make your taste buds go wild.
Melomakarona are classed in the traditional Christmas sweets as honey is also considered to be a symbol of prosperity and creation. Melomakarona have traditionally been considered a necessity in every Greek house during the holidays.