Moustokouloura cookies are truly unique and a must-try. These healthy sugar-free cookies are made with an ancient sweetener known as grape molasses. They’re flavored with cinnamon, cloves, brandy, and orange. They take only a few minutes to make as long as you have some ready-made grape molasses at hand. If you don’t, you can easily make it at home or even buy some. But first, let’s explain what it is.
What’s Grape Molasses?
Grape Molasses is Grape juice that’s reduced by simmering for quite some time. It’s a very sweet liquid that can be light as a syrup or thick like honey (depending on the cooking time). Here’s How To make Grape Molasses At Home. I will also include a link (affiliate) if you prefer to buy some instead of making it. Here’s where you can buy some.
And let’s get back to the cookies. I don’t have a thing for cookies not even for chocolate chip cookies. But these I just can’t stop eating them. They were my favorite since I was a kid. Around this time of the year when it’s time to make wine, all bakeries will sell these Grape Molasses cookies along with other grape season goodies.
The winemaking takes place from the first days of September until mid-October. In other words, when it’s pumpkin season for some, for Greeks it’s Grape season. And although last year I shared a recipe for making Sweet Pumpkin Pies With Phyllo, this year I decided to share a truly traditional Greek recipe like this Grape Molasses Cookies.
Grab A Cup Of Coffee…
Anyways, another thing you should know about these Grape Molasses cookies is that Moustokouloura and Coffee is a flavor match made in heaven. I don’t know what makes them bind so well together. Maybe because the flavor of these cookies is similar to coffee. A strong flavor, with a medium sweetness, and a hint of bitterness towards the end.
This recipe yields about 30 cookies which I think are enough for trying them out. When I made it though, I doubled the recipe. Yeap that’s how much I like them. So I filled my cookie tin and grab one or two every morning with my coffee.
And oh my cookie tin… Hadn’t used it for months before making these cookies. So I discovered 2 completely forgotten Easter cookies inside. Did you know they last that long without spoiling inside a cookie tin? (I didn’t) No mold no nothing! I didn’t eat them off course but they looked alright. I hope I covered everything for now and convinced you to try them! For any questions just leave me a comment and I’ll be here to help. Happy baking!
Grape Molasses Cookies (Moustokouloura)
- 250 grams grape molasses
- 250 grams olive oil
- 90 grams honey
- 20 grams brandy
- 1 orange zest & juice
- 1,5 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
- 650-700 grams all purpose flour
- Whisk together all ingredients except flour.
- Gradually stir in the flour untill you get a soft dough that doesn't stick on your hands and can be kneaded. Let dough rest at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180°C / 356°F.
- Take a piece of dough (about 30-40 grams) squeeze it in your hands to remove any excess air. Shape it into a ball and then into a cord (not too long). Stick the edges together to create a ring. Repeat process for the remaing dough.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on your ovens baking tray and add the cookies.
- Bake for about 15 minutes until the cookies get a light brown color.