Moustokoúloura (Traditional Grape Molasses Cookies)


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During this past year my husband and I are in a control weight program. That means that we are following a certain diet that helps us maintain our weight stable. As the years pass by, I feel more and more the need to keep my weight steady. I never had a problem eating as much as I liked and keep fit. But after the 40’s, I find it hard to keep eating at the same rhythms and quantities as before.

My husband, on the other hand, was always on a diet as he gains weight even by breathing. It is so unfair! Anyway, we both try to consume food in small quantities and avoid sweets as much as humanly possible; this doesn’t work at all, but anyway.

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Every day, before he leaves for work, he drinks a glass of milk and eats one cookie which is, in his case, a moustokoúlouro. Moustokoúloura are traditional Greek cookies made either from grape must or from grape molasses. Up until now, I was buying them from the local bakery store, but during the weekend, I saw this recipe by Stelios Parliaros on a magazine and I thought I should start making them at home, instead of buying them. Nothing is better than homemade and I am sure you all agree on that.

So, here we are with a recipe for moustokoúloura. They are not overly sweet, so they are also perfect for someone who’s on a diet! If you can find grape molasses where you live, do give them a try. They have a very unique taste and they are ideal to accompany your coffee or tea. I made a couple of changes in the original recipe. One was that I increased the amount of sugar and the other was that I divided the dough in two. In the first batch I added raisins and the second one I left it as it was and made funny figures for my son and his friends!

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Moustokoúloura

Ingredients

200 gr. / 7 oz. olive oil

120 gr. / 4 oz. grape molasses

180 gr. / 6.5 oz. water

100 gr. / 3.5 oz. fresh full fat milk

250 gr. / 9 oz. sugar (the original recipe called for 200 gr., but what the heck let’s make it a bit sweet here)

50 gr. / 2 oz. cognac

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ammonia in powder

¼ tsp baking soda

900 gr to 1 kilo / 32 oz. to 2 lb. all-purpose flour

A handful of raisins

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 175° C/ 345° F.

In the mixer’s bowl throw the olive oil, the grape molasses, the water, the milk, the sugar and the cognac.

Mix slightly.

In another small bowl mix the baking powder, the ammonia, the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the soda.

Throw them into the olive oil batter and mix to incorporate.

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Throw the flour to the batter as well, slowly, slowly until a kind of stiff dough is formulated around the paddle.

I divided the dough to two equal balls.

I made plain cookies with the first ball.

In the second ball I added the raisins and made moustokoúloura with raisins.

We take couple of pans and cover them with parchment paper.

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Take a piece of dough equal to a big walnut and make cookies according to your liking.

Be careful not to make them too thick because they rise due to baking powder and the soda.

Place them on the pans and bake in batches for 15 to 18 minutes.

Do not over bake them because they will become hard.

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5.0 from 3 reviews

Moustokoúloura (Traditional Grape Molasses Cookies)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Cookies
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. olive oil
  • 120 gr. / 4 oz. grape molasses
  • 180 gr. / 6.5 oz. water
  • 100 gr. / 3.5 oz. fresh full fat milk
  • 250 gr. / 9 oz. sugar (the original recipe called for 200 gr.)
  • 50 gr. / 2 oz. cognac
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ammonia in powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 900 gr to 1 kilo / 32 oz. to 2 lb. all-purpose flour
  • A handful of raisins

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 175° C/ 345° F.
  2. In the mixer’s bowl throw the olive oil, the grape molasses, the water, the milk, the sugar and the cognac.
  3. Mix slightly.
  4. In another small bowl mix the baking powder, the ammonia, the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the soda.
  5. Throw them into the olive oil batter and mix to incorporate.
  6. Throw the flour to the batter as well, slowly, slowly until a kind of stiff dough is formulated around the paddle.
  7. I divided the dough to two equal balls.
  8. I made plain cookies with the first ball.
  9. In the second ball I added the raisins and made moustokoúloura with raisins.
  10. We take couple of pans and cover them with parchment paper.
  11. Take a piece of dough equal to a big walnut and make cookies according to your liking.
  12. Be careful not to make them too thick because they rise due to baking powder and the soda.
  13. Place them on the pans and bake in batches for 15 to 18 minutes.
  14. Do not over bake them because they will become hard.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from Stelios Parliaros

5.0 from 3 reviews

Μουστοκούλουρα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κουλούρια
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 γρ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 120 γρ. πετιμέζι
  • 180 γρ. νερό
  • 100 γρ. φρέσκο γάλα πλήρες
  • 250 γρ. ζάχαρη (η αρχική συνταγή έλεγε 200 γρ.)
  • 50 γρ. κονιάκ
  • 1 κ.γ. μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • 1 κ.γ. κανέλα
  • ¼ κ.γ. τριμμένο γαρύφαλλο
  • ½ κ.γ. αμμωνία
  • ¼ κ.γ. μαγειρική σόδα
  • 900 γρ. με 1 κιλό αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • Μια χούφτα σταφίδες

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175 ° C.
  2. Στο μπολ του μίξερ, ρίξτε το ελαιόλαδο, το πετιμέζι, το νερό, το γάλα, τη ζάχαρη και το κονιάκ.
  3. Ανακατέψτε ελαφρώς.
  4. Σε ένα μικρό μπολ ανακατέψτε την αμμωνία το μπέικιν πάουντερ, την κανέλα, τα γαρύφαλλα και τη σόδα.
  5. Ρίξτε τα στο ελαιόλαδο και ενσωματώστε τα.
  6. Ρίξτε το αλεύρι σιγά-σιγά, μέχρι μια ζύμη να σχηματιστεί γύρω από το φτερό του μίξερ.
  7. Εγώ χώρισα τη ζύμη σε δύο ίσες μπάλες.
  8. Έκανα απλά μπισκότα με την πρώτη μπάλα.
  9. Στη δεύτερη μπάλα πρόσθεσα τις σταφίδες και έκανα μουστοκούλουρα με σταφίδες.
  10. Πάρτε 2-3 ταψιά και σκεπάστε τα με λαδόκολλα.
  11. Πάρτε ένα κομμάτι της ζύμης ίσο με ένα μεγάλο καρύδι και πλάστε το, σύμφωνα με τις προτιμήσεις σας.
  12. Προσέξτε να μην γίνουν πολύ χοντρά γιατί φουσκώνουν λόγω μπέικιν πάουντερ σόδας.
  13. Τοποθετήστε τα στα ταψιά και ψήστε σε παρτίδες για 15 έως 18 λεπτά.
  14. Προσοχή μην τα παραψήσετε διότι θα γίνουν σκληρά.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμοσμένη από το Στέλιο Παρλιάρο.

43 Responses to Moustokoúloura (Traditional Grape Molasses Cookies)

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  1. Sutapa Ghosh says:

    Grape molasses is new to me …thanks for sharing traditional Greek recipes.. learning lot from you…cookies are so irresistible…can’t wait to try them…

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  3. How cute! I didn’t know there is grape molasses. I have regular molasses but I don’t know many recipes that uses molasses. These cookies look so delicious! I love to learn traditional recipes and thanks for sharing!

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  5. mjskit says:

    What a perfect little snack! Oh yes – I could eat at least 6 of these cookies with that glass of milk in one sitting! Love the use of the grape molasses!

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  7. Sandi says:

    Grape molasses? You’re always introducing me to new foods I need to try :)

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  9. Kathy says:

    Love these cookies, Katrina! I have a bottle of grape molasses in my kitchen pantry, this looks like a perfect way to use some! They look yummy!

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  11. There’s cognac in this recipe?! Sign me up! :D

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  13. rebecca says:

    these look great love Greek cookies :0) when there are bake sales at the Greek church I visit, love your blog great recipes from all over the world

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  15. These look fantastic! I have never heard of grape molasses before, but I am very intrigued. I’m going to see if I can find some!

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  17. Μarion says:

    Μοσχοβόλησαν τα μουστοκούλουρα Κατερίνα μου
    Μας αρέσουν πολύ. Και με καφέ και με γάλα είναι πεντανόστιμα.

    Ας τρώμε λίγο παραπάνω και ας παχαίνουμε λίγο δεν πειράζει.. Οι απολαύσεις είναι για να τις ευχαριστιόμαστε Κατερίνα μου.

    ΦΙλια πολλά

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  19. Nice, I hear you. The older (and lazier) I become the tighter the pants :(

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  21. Pela says:

    δυστυχώς εγώ αυτή την αλλαγή στον μεταβολισμό την παρατήρησα ήδη από τα 30! σκέψου τι έχει να γίνει στα 40.. κι εγώ σαν τον άντρα σου θα είμαι, θα αναπνέω και θα παχαίνω!!
    τεσπα….τα κουλουράκια φαίνονται φανταστικά! θα τα δοκιμάσω μια και δεν έχω ξαναφτιάξει μουστοκούλουρα!
    Υ.Γ. πολύ ωραίες φωτογραφίες!
    φιλούμπες φιλενάδα :)

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  23. Julie says:

    I’ve never heard of grape molasses! These look delicious.

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  25. Reeni says:

    I wouldn’t be able to resist these Katerina! I would love to try them – the grape molasses is intriguing!

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  27. Debra says:

    These sound so good. I wonder if I can find grape molasses in the states?

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  29. oh wow, grape molasses! i’m so intrigued! these sound wonderful Katerina!

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  31. Susan says:

    I’m going to see if my store carries grape molasses today! These sound like the perfect treat. It is sad but true about eating less as we get older and it gets worse as the years roll on :(

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  33. Realmente exquisito me encanta tiene un aspecto perfecto y delicioso,abrazos y abrazos

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  35. Liz says:

    Yeah, it stinks that we have to eat less as we get older! I have the one cookie rule, too…I keep a stash in the freezer and have one after dinner. Yours cookies are so cute (and yummy looking). I don’t think I’ve ever seen grape molasses around here.

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  37. Sissi says:

    I have never tasted grape molasses, but I will try to find them in an organic shop (something tells me I might find it there…). Your cookies look fabulous! Too danerous for me ;-) I would devour them in no time at all.
    It’s funny because my grandmother was the only person in the world I knew who used ammonia in one kind of cookies… It’s incredible to see it on your blog! (My grandmother wasn’t Greek though ;-) ).

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  39. Joanne says:

    Oh how I hope I can find grape molasses! These sound like the perfect treat! Not too indulgent but just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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  41. Something I never tried but these look fabulous! Bookmarked…

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  43. grace says:

    i feel like it’s usually ladies who gain weight just by breathing, so i can commiserate with your husband! these cookies sound terrific, katerina–i even love the raisin component!

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  45. CCU says:

    Grapes in cookies my friend, so genius :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  47. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου είναι καταπληκτικά, απο τα αγαπημένα μου κουλουράκια!!!!
    Φιλιά!

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  49. Wow ~ these look amazing ~ got to pin these for later :-)

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  51. Boy can my husband and I relate. You are so right that after 40 it becomes much harder to maintain a comfortable weight. You have to be so careful about what you eat. These cookies look worth breaking my diet for!

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  53. Margarita says:

    I have never heard of grape molasses before, but from what I read here it sounds like a must try! Will keep my eye out for that. :)

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  55. I have never heard of grape molasses much less these fantastic cookies. I suspect I would love them along with my tea. Nice to discover your blog and a new cookie to go along with it too!

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  57. The cookies look beautiful! I need to look out for some ‘grape molasses’….

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  59. Asmita says:

    This looks amazing!

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  61. Barbara says:

    Let’s not talk about weight control. It’s a constant battle.
    Grape molasses is new to me…I’ll take a look around, but never have seen it. Will regular molasses work?
    The cookies look delicious!

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  63. Nadji says:

    Dur, dur de limiter sa nourriture quand on est gourmands. Nous sommes tous dans la même situation. Et c’est encore plus dur avec un blog.
    J’aime tes biscuits. Il ne me manque que l’ammoniaque.
    Je t’en pique un en attendant.
    A bientôt

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  65. Beth says:

    What a unique cookie! I love the way you gave it two very different looks.

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  67. Ola says:

    I am also trying to limit portions, but it’s so hard…
    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  69. Αγαπημένα κουλούρια!
    Αρωματικά και πολύ γευστικά! Πραγματικά καταναλώνονται με μανία!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  71. This is very interesting. I have never come across grape molasses before… I have seen molasses in the organic shop and I’ll ask about the grape one.

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  73. Natalie says:

    I have never tried these before but the ingredients all sound great So I am positive these cookies would be amazing.

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  75. I actually have grapemolasses in my pantry! Will have to try these out. I have been fighting weight my whole life. Its hard with so many temptations lol.

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  77. Raina says:

    I know what you mean about the weight. I have to really watch how much I eat too, and I don’t like it one bit…lol

    Your cookies look wonderful. I enjoy a nice cookie with a cup of tea. I would love to try grape molasses. I will look and see if I can.

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  79. Jeannie says:

    That looks very unique and full of flavors, I don’t think I can find grape molasses here; however, I do see molasses on the health counters in the local supermart. I am quite lazy in making cookies, only made one type for the recent chinese new year lol!

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  81. divya says:

    looks fantastic, super tempting.

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  83. mia maria says:

    Πολύ λαχταριστά! Θα πρέπει να είναι πολύ νόστιμα και μοσχομυρωδάτα!
    Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα:)

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  85. Ξανθή says:

    Απίθανα, μου τελείωσε το πετιμέζι από τα πολλά μαγειρέματα με αυτό και πρέπει να ψάξω κάποιο αξιοπρεπές.
    Ο Blogger μας έχει τρελάνει, δεν δείχνει την ανάρτηση σου σήμερα σε αυτά που παρακολουθώ, εμένα δε άσε να πάει τι μου κάνει.
    Πολλά φιλιά

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