In Greek: μουστοκούλουρα, say: moo-stoh-KOO-loo-rah
This recipe for Grape Molasses Cookies is made with petimezi - a sweetener that dates back to the Bronze Age. Buy it or make it at home to create these delicious cookies that are made with olive oil and no butter, eggs, or milk.
The recipe makes 25-35 cookies, depending on the size.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup molasses (grape, petimezi)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves (ground)
- 6 cups flour (all-purpose)
- Dissolve baking soda in the brandy.
- Whisk together the flour and baking powder.
- Combine oil, grape molasses, and sugar in a saucepan. Stir well and boil for several minutes until completely blended.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl, and stir in brandy (with dissolved baking soda), orange juice, cinnamon and cloves.
- Add flour (with baking powder) slowly, mixing to create the cookie dough.
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
- Using pieces of dough, pat into thick cookies (about 1/2 inches high) in round or oval shapes.
- Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350F (175C) for about 20 minutes. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size of the cookies.
Note: To increase the recipe quantity, increase all ingredients proportionately.