A deeply chocolatey, fudgy and moist one bowl brownie, stuffed with the Greek Christmas treats melomakarona (honey soaked spice cookies) and kourabiedes (almond shortbread cookies). Just in case you have any of those left over and you don’t know what to do with them!
I don’t think there is a home in Greece today that doesn’t have a load of melomakarona and kourabiedes left over from Christmas. There are still huge tray-fulls in sweet shops and bakeries, and most people have eaten more than their fair share of these holiday delicacies. However, they still have centre-stage status, right up until the New Year. If you’ve not quite had enough of them yet, but you fancy enjoying them in a slightly different way, here is a suggestion.
Pop them in your brownies. I mean, we stuff oreos, snickers, mars bars, Cadbury crème eggs, and so many other sweet treats in brownies, why not these? The idea came to me a couple of days ago when I was contemplating putting together some sort of brownie trifle (maybe still to come). As I was wondering if I could combine melomakarona with brownies, it suddenly dawned on me that I could put melomakarona IN brownies! The next day I was still thinking about this, and I suddenly realised that hey, I could also put kourabiedes in. I mean, why not?
If you don’t know what I’m even talking about, take a look at my recipes (here and here) for these gorgeous Christmas cookies, and if you’re all baked-out for now, bookmark them for next year! You really have to try them. Just make sure you put some aside for these brownies.
By the way, this one bowl brownie recipe is my go-to recipe. They’re very good, even unstuffed!