Finikia – Orange flavored cookies

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This is the last recipe I made for the Greek Bazaar last weekend. As the third new Greek recipe in as many days (Paxamathia and Halva), this is probably my favorite! It’s a two-step process so be sure to have several hours to try this one.  These cookies are soft and covered in honey, cinnamon and nuts. A classic Greek cookie!

Adapted from Cooking Greek for Tulsa!

Ingredients:

2 cups of butter, melted

2 eggs

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup of fresh orange juice (used no pulp Minute Maid)

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp. baking soda

6 cups flour

Syrup:

4 cups honey (used 2 cups or 1 lb.)

1 cup water

Topping:

3 cup chopped nuts or pepitas

1 tsp. cinnamon

 

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and cool then mix with sugar and eggs with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
  3. Dissolve baking powder, baking soda and vanilla into orange juice.  Mix immediately into butter mixture.
  4. Add flour until a soft dough is formed. (Can start with electric mixer but will need to use a wooden spoon around 4 cups.
  5. Shape cookies into 2” ovals on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  6. Cool completely on a rack.
  7. When cookies are cool, boil honey and water.
  8. With a slotted spoon, dip cookies into syrup.
  9. While still wet, sprinkle with nuts and cinnamon.

 

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