Melokakaronia Me Smigdali (Fenekia)

Course : Greek
Serves: 3
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-----the cookies-----
1 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cognac
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons grated orange rind
1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 cups farina -- (cream of wheat)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
-----the syrup-----
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup honey

Preparation / Directions:

Beat the oil with the sugar for about 1/2 hr.; add cognac. Add baking soda dissolved in orange juice; add orange rind; mix well. Add flour and farina, and knead very well to blend all ingredients into a med.-soft dough. Shape the melomacaronia into mounded ovals, flat on the bottom, scrape the top lightly with a fork to make shallow grooves. Place on a buttered cookie sheet and bake in preheated 250F. oven for 20 to 30 minutes Remove from the oven; cool. While cookies are cooling, boil water, sugar, and honey together in a saucepan, removing the froth as it rises. Boil about3 minutes Dip cold cookies into the warm syrup, using a slotted spoon. Remove carefully and drain. Place on a clean platter and sprinkle with the walnuts. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle on top.

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