Finikia is a type of Greek cookies, seeped in a sugary syrup or honey.
– 3 tbsp butter
– 3 tbsp superfine sugar
– Grated zest of a half of an orange
– 3 tbsp corn oil
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup semolina
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp ground cloves
– 3 tbsp orange juice
– 1/3 cup water
– 1/3 cup white sugar
– 3 tbsp honey
– 3/8 cinnamon stick
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 4 tbsp finely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
2. Grease cookie sheets.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, superfine sugar and orange zest.
4. Gradually mix in the oil and beat until light and fluffy.
5. Add the flour, semolina, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves into the mixture, alternately with the orange juice.
6. Knead into a firm dough.
7. Form the dough into balls or ovals.
8. Place cookies 5cm apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
10. Cool on baking sheets until room temperature.
11. To make the syrup, in a medium saucepan, combine the water, white sugar, honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice.
12. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 10 minutes.
13. Remove the cinnamon stick.
14. While the mixture is hot, dip the cookies in one at a time, making sure to cover them completely.
15. Place them on a wire rack to dry and sprinkle with walnuts.
16. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature.