Kourabiedes are festive almond flavored butter cookies, dusted with powdered sugar. They are traditionally served at Christmastime, but you’ll love eating these melt-in-your-mouth confections all year round.
Melomakarona is one of the most beloved Greek desserts and is traditionally served at Christmastime. It’s a festive cookie—boasting spices like cinnamon and cloves—tender and crumbly, and moist from its final swim in a spiced honey syrup, similar to one that is drizzled over baklava. Every Greek family has their own version of this cookie, and I’m excited to share mine with you.
At it’s most basic, Star Bread is a delicious solution when you want to make a pull-apart bread, but elevate it to the next level. Its star shape has three layers and eight points. And you stuff each layer with a sweet or savory filling. It is perfect for the holidays or if you just need a show stopping centerpiece for your table.
One of the tastiest desserts in the Greek pastry menagerie — and one of my favorites — is Pasta Flora. Despite its name, Pasta Flora doesn’t have anything to do with “pasta.” It’s actually a traditional Greek jam-filled tart with a sweet flaky crust.
Melopita is a traditional honey pie/cake from the island of Sifnos in the Southern Aegean. The base is anthotyro or ricotta cheese that you mix with honey.
Koulourakia are beautiful traditional Greek butter cookies served at nearly every holiday and celebration. They are perfect dunked in coffee for breakfast or a snack as well.
Among the Greeks’ major contributions to society — democracy, theater, mathematics, law — Greek yogurt ranks with the best of them. Is there anything this miracle food can’t do? Take this easy salted caramel mousse recipe to the next level by adding Greek yogurt. It not only adds flavor, but also a protein punch.
These butternut squash and hazelnut mini phyllo pies are perfect for a dessert spread. I love using individual phyllo shells. They’re ideal for both sweet and savory recipes, and the new graham cracker flavor from Athens Foods just begs for a pie filling. I’m giving this recipe a Greek spin by teaming butternut squash, with hazelnuts, Greek yogurt, and a little feta cheese for the base of the filling. Maple syrup and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg round out the decadent dessert bite that’s sure to be a hit on any holiday spread.
In my early days of cooking and baking, my mom would haul me down to the Dayton, Ohio Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church every summer to help the community prepare for our annual Greek festival. One of my favorite weeks was when we would bake Tsoureki, a sweet Greek bread traditionally served at Easter.
Ekmek Kataifi is a classic Greek dessert that uses a shredded phyllo base (kataifi) spiced with syrup and then layered with custard and topped with whipped cream and chopped nuts.