Top 30 Popular Greek Desserts (with Recipes)

These are the finest, most widespread Greek desserts and pastries. A few of them are Greek conventional recipes with honey and nuts (lots of them having routs in historic Greece) whereas others are extra trendy (like sokolatopita, the well-known Greek chocolate cake). All of them are scrumptious!

Greek melomakarona, loukoumi cookies, olive oil cake, halva cake, tsoureki Easter bread and Kourabiedes (Greek butter cookies).
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1. Melomakarona

Four chocolate dipped melomakarona cookies stacked.

Melomakarona is the most well-liked conventional Greek dessert (with Galaktoboureko coming second). These Greek honey spiced cookies which get soaked in honey syrup are normally made throughout Christmas and everybody loves them.

Historically, they’re sprinkled with chopped walnuts however many trendy recipes dip them in chocolate as a result of it pairs exceptionally nicely with their taste.

Their title comes from the traditional Greek phrase makaria (μακαρία) which was a kind of bread that was baked within the reminiscence of the deceased.

Melomakarona are on the fortieth place of the Style Atlas record relating to the finest desserts on the planet. Galaktoboureko is only a few locations down.

2. Galaktoboureko

A slice of Galaktoboureko on a plate.

One other Greek favourite meals with hardcore followers throughout Greece is Galaktoboureko.

Its title comes from the phrase “gala” which implies milk and “boureki” which implies pie. So, because the title suggests, it’s a sort of pie consisting of custard cream filling (made with milk) wrapped in phyllo dough.

The filling is normally flavored with lemon or orange peel, cinnamon, and extra lately, vanilla. After it is baked, Galaktoboureko will get drizzled with a thick sugar syrup one thing that makes it much more droolworthy!

3. Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes (Greek butter cookies) on a plate.

These conventional Greek butter cookies with almonds are made for Christmas and weddings due to their white coating of icing sugar. They’re often known as Greek Christmas shortbread cookies.

All of Greece is split in crew “kourabiedes” and crew “melomakarona” throughout Christmas, with each groups having a number of loyal followers!

The key for one of the best Kourabiedes is the great high quality butter and the thorough whipping with the icing sugar.

If you have not tasted them, it is a recipe it is best to positively make!

4. Bougatsa

Greek milk pie with phyllo (easy bougatsa) f

Bougatsa is one other favourite Greek dish, particularly beloved in northern Greece. It’s typically eaten for breakfast, after partying all night time. 

Bougatsa might be candy or savory, and the candy sort is made with filo dough and semolina custard. It is at all times served with icing sugar and floor cinnamon on prime.

The standard Bougatsa recipe will not be the simplest factor on the planet to make, however there’s one other simpler model (the lazy womans Bougatsa because it’s known as in Greece) which is equally scrumptious, if no more!

This simple Bougatsa is made with filo pastry, sweetened condensed milk, complete milk, butter and eggs and actually anybody could make it. I strongly urge you to make it on your subsequent Sunday breakfast!

For the normal bougatsa you may test this Greek Bougatsa recipe by 

5. Greek Baklava

A slice of Greek baklava.

Baklava is an iconic dessert with buttered layers of crunchy phyllo pastry, a filling made with floor nuts and a few honey syrup to bind all the pieces collectively.

Opposite to the Turkish baklava which is made with pistachios, the Greek one is made with walnuts.

Tip: If you wish to make it vegan, use olive oil as an alternative of butter and maple syrup as an alternative of honey.

And please, by no means use puff pastry as an alternative of phyllo for a Baklava recipe!

6. Tsoureki

Greek Easter bread (Tsoureki) on a cutting board.

Tsoureki is the most well-liked Greek Easter dessert. It’s a sort of candy enriched bread, just like brioche. The distinction is the feel which ought to be comfortable and stringy and the flavour which comes from floor mahlepi (or mahlab), a spice created from the seeds of bitter cherry tree.

Two are the most vital ideas when making Tsoureki:

  • It’s a must to knead the dough for a really very long time (to develop the gluten for that stringy texture) so a stand mixer is nearly a should.
  • Use bread flour with excessive protein content material (including a teaspoon of wheat gluten powder for each 2 cups of flour will even assist).

7. Rizogalo

A bowl with Greek rice pudding (rizogalo).

This Greek rice pudding might be loved heat or chilled from the fridge. It has a comfortable and heat taste and is at all times served sprinkled with floor cinnamon.

The distinction with different rice puddings is that it would not include eggs or raisins. This can be a excellent gluten-free dessrt and many individuals want it as a result of it’s simple to make, with easy substances, and it tastes heavenly.

8. Loukoumades

Loukoumades with honey inside a bowl.

Loukoumades might be the oldest recorded Greek dessert, with the Greek-Sicilian poet Archestratus describing deep fried donuts soaked in honey syrup within the 4th century BCE.

Also referred to as honey puffs, honey donuts or Greek doughnuts they’re the most important attraction in each Greek truthful, the place you’ll discover a Loukoumades stand in virtually each nook.

Historically they’re served with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts however you may as well serve them with chocolate sauce.

They’re texture ought to be gentle as a cloud and never heavy in any respect, and making them takes some observe as a result of the dough may be very moist and sticky. Nevertheless, when you grasp them you may be making them fairly often.

9. Diples

Diples drizzled with honey and nuts.

Diples is one other sort of fried dough dipped in honey and served with walnuts. They’re candy and crunchy and totally scrumptious! One of the best diples have many bubbles on their floor, a sign of crispiness and correct frying.

Relying on the area, they’ll have varied shapes or names. For instance, in Crete they’re known as “kserotigana“.

Diples are normally made throughout Christmas and they’re additionally supplied at weddings as a candy deal with.

10. Trigona Panoramatos

Trigona Panoramatos on a plate.

Each time I go to Thessaloniki, I always remember to purchase some trigona Panoramatos.

These Greek cream-filled phyllo cones have a crispy, golden, buttery phyllo in a triangle form which is first soaked in syrup after which stuffed with a wealthy and creamy vanilla custard.

The one time consuming factor about them is making the triangles with the phyllo dough, however when you get the dangle of it, all the pieces else will probably be pretty simple.

11. Espresso Ice Cream Frappe (Frappuccino)

Coffee ice cream frappe served in a tall glass with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.

This espresso ice cream frappe recipe is one in all my favourite summer time desserts!

It is not summer time in Greece until you drink your first freddo espresso (although some fellas drink all of it 12 months lengthy). 

A favourite behavior of many Greeks is so as to add 1-2 scoops of ice cream into their freddo, making it a Frappuccino. One other various is to mix all the pieces till you get a creamy combination and prime it with some whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

12. Koulourakia

Koulourakia (olive oil cookies) next to a cup of Greek coffee.

There are numerous kinds of koulourakia (cookies) in Greece. Their title comes from the phrase circle (koulouri) as a result of lots of them have been made within the form of small rings.

These Cretan olive oil cookies (koulourakia ladiou) is my grandma’s recipe and he or she used to joke that she may fill a complete truck with all of the koulourakia she had made over time for her grandchildren.

Have them for breakfast with a glass of milk or dip them in your afternoon espresso. They’re scrumptious they usually additionally hold nicely for lots of days!

13. Ekmek

Ekmek Kataifi on a plate with a fork.

Ekmek Kataifi is a luscious, Greek dessert with kataifi dough drenched in syrup that is topped with custard after which whipped cream! Kataifi dough is mainly skinny strings of dough made with a combination of flour, cornstarch, salt, oil, and water.

You’ll find Ekmek kadaifi in lots of previous pastry outlets (lots of them promote it as their signature dish) and it is also simple sufficient for a house prepare dinner to make it.

Tip: Take the Kataifi dough out of the packaging and use a fork to separate the strings and fluff it up. In Greek this process is known as “combing” as a result of it is like combing your hair. The extra you comb it, the extra crunchy it’ll when it is baked.

14. Olive Oil Cake

Sliced lemon olive oil cake with red berries on the background.

Olive oil cake is the on a regular basis cake of each Greek family. I really inform my mother to not make it so typically, as a result of we’re attempting to make my dad lose some weight! A minimum of, extra lately she began making it with complete wheat flour.

Historically, olive oil cake is flavored with orange or lemon zest which pairs completely with the style of olive oil. I do not recommend utilizing vanilla solely, as a result of vanilla taste may be very delicate and it is going to be overpowered by the olive oil.

Serve it with a dollop of honey sweetened yogurt and recent fruit for a whole dessert!

15. Halva (Greek Semolina Pudding)

Greek semolina halva on a plate.

There are three kinds of halva in Greece. With semolina (Simigdalenios), with tahini (Makedonikos Halvas) and with cornstarch (Halvas Farsalon).

Semolina halva is the dessert everybody makes throughout Lent, and it is mainly a kind of semolina pudding. You need to use no matter sort of mildew to form it, as a result of as soon as it is chilled it unmolds very simply.

The key for one of the best Halva is to toast the semolina with the olive oil with the intention to give it a deep, nutty taste.

16. Greek Yogurt with Honey 

Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts inside a bowl.

One of many healthiest and extra identified Greek desserts is the easy Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts. Eat this each time you want one thing candy but additionally wholesome. And sure, you may add some recent fruit too in case you like and even spoon sweets.

Enjoyable reality: Honey and walnuts (with out yogurt) is historically supplied to Greek newlyweds for future prosperity and well being.

17. Vasilopita

Greek vasilopita with a coin inside.

Vasilopita is the most well-liked cake in Greece, just because actually each house makes it for the night time of New 12 months’s Eve.

This cake has a hidden coin inside and whoever finds it’s purported to be very fortunate in the course of the coming 12 months. It is normally flavored with nuts, cinnamon and orange zest, and at all times lined with icing sugar.

18. Fanouropita

A slice of fanouropita (Greek oil cake) on a plate.

Fanouropita is a vegan cake made on St. Fanourios day or everytime you wish to discover one thing that you have misplaced.

Made with oil, orange juice and spices, it is a very moist, tender and scrumptious cake! 

Enjoyable reality: The custom dictates that you just use solely 7 or 9 substances to make it.

19. Kataifi

Kataifi roll with sugar syrup on a plate.

The substances for kataifi are just like baklava with the distinction that as an alternative of phyllo dough, it’s made with kataifi dough (a.okay.a. kadayif pastry).

Kataifi is made by transferring a combination of floor nuts onto the kataifi pastry, after which rolling it into rolls. The rolls are baked with butter with the intention to develop into crunchy after which are drizzled with a thick sugar syrup. As an alternative of rolls it will also be formed into kataifi nests and plenty of instances you may see it served with ice cream.

20. Tiganites

A stack of tiganites on a plate with sliced strawberries, honey and nuts.

Greek tiganites (τηγανήτες) are the equal of American pancakes. There are written historic paperwork describing these Greek honey fritters, so it is protected to say that they are one of many oldest Greek desserts.

These traditional confections style like loukoumades and are prepared in no-time. All you want are just a few primary substances and you may make them anytime of the day.

Tiganites are normally served with honey or grape syrup (petimezi) with added cinnamon and typically walnuts.

21. Galatopita (Milk Pie)

A slice of Galatopita on a plate with a dessert fork.

Galatopita (additionally known as galopita in some areas) is a standard Greek custard pie that’s significantly widespread within the Peloponnese area of Greece. It is made particularly throughout Easter, and you could find recipes made with phyllo and others with out.

Its title comes from the phrases “gala” which implies milk and “pita” which implies pie or cake.

22. Milopita (Greek Apple Pie)

A slice of apple crumble pie on a plate.

This milopita will make your kitchen odor like an artisanal bakery.

I realized this recipe from my mother and all I’ve to say is that it is one of many best dessert recipes!

Utilizing the identical dough for each the pie crust and the crumble topping makes it fast and simple, plus the grated apples add a novel twist making a jammy, melt-in-your-mouth filling  everybody loves.

Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you will have the right dessert.

In Greece, typically one of many apples is changed with 1 quince. Positively attempt it while you get the possibility!

23. Portokalopita (Orange Cake)

A slice of portokalopita (Greek orange cake) on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Portokalopita comes kind the phrases “portokali” which implies orange and “pita” which implies cake. It’s a Greek orange cake made with shredded phyllo dough. It’s particularly widespread in the course of the summer time while you serve it with a scoop of ice cream. It’s crispy, syrupy, orange-y, and finger-licking good.

If you happen to love orange flavored desserts and you have not tasted this Greek cake but, you want to give it a attempt asap!

24. Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

Greek walnut sheet cake (Karidopita) with vanilla custard cream 5

Karidopita comes from the phrases “karydi” which implies walnut and “pita” which implies cake. It’s so ethereal and fluffy that you may really eat 3-4 slices with out even realizing it.

The bottom is rather like a sponge cake however with the addition of floor walnuts. As soon as baked, it’s soaked with a sugar syrup scented with spices after which lined with a easy vanilla custard cream.

25. Revani 

A slice of Greek Revani cake on a plate.

Revani cake is a traditional pleasant semolina cake discovered within the Mediterranean and Center Jap area. It’s soaked in gentle easy syrup which might be infused nonetheless you need.

Revani cake is broadly obtainable in Greek, Turkey, Egypt, and plenty of different international locations within the area.

There’s additionally a extra trendy variation of this dessert made with desiccated coconut.

26. Moustokouloura

Moustokouloura cookies in a wooden box.

Moustokouloura are probably the most aromatic, vegan comfortable cookies you’ll ever attempt!

Their title comes kind the phrases “moustos” which implies “grape should” and the phrase “koulouri” which implies cookie.

These Greek grape molasses cookies make a terrific wholesome breakfast or snack.

*Grape molasses is a naturally sweetened syrup created from lowered grape should.

27. Koliva

Vegan Greek superfood breakfast (or dessert) bowls – Koliva 6

Historically, koliva or kollyva are supplied to individuals after memorial ceremonies within the reminiscence of the deceased. They’re additionally made for sure Orthodox holidays and dropped at church.

Any such dessert deserves a spot on this record just because it is among the most scrumptious stuff you’re ever going to eat. It is uniquely tasty, with contrasting textures and stuffed with vitamins. A second motive is that Koliva are part of Greek custom most likely greater than every other dessert.

28. Pasteli (Honey-Sesame Bars)

Pasteli sesame bars on parchment paper.

These Greek honey sesame bars often called pasteli in Greek are the unique energy bars.

Historical Greeks had a related recipe that included a combination of nuts and honey. Pasteli is offered in each retailer and tremendous market in Greece, and it is probably the most wholesome and filling snacks you could find. It’s mainly honey and sesame seeds.

There are additionally different kinds of pasteli made with different nuts akin to pistachios, almonds or peanuts.

29. Loukoumi Stuffed Cookies

Loukoumi filled cookies in a bowl.

Loukoumi (or Turkish delights) are confections based mostly on a gel of starch and sugar. Some could also be plain whereas others are blended with nuts akin to pistachios, almonds and walnuts.

The commonest flavors are rose, mastic, bergamot and lemon.

Historically, loukoumia (plural) are supplied to company with a cup of Greek espresso. As a result of one of the best loukoumia are the store-bought sort practically nobody in Greece makes them at house.

However they do make these vegan loukoumi crammed cookies that are crunchy on the surface and comfortable and gooey on the within. Besides from being scrumptious, they’re additionally fairly simple, so keep in mind to make them the following time you are gifted a field of turkish delights!

30. Sokolatopita

A slice of sokolatopita on a dessert plate.

Chocolate arrived in Greece by the mid-Nineteenth century for the primary time, which means that chocolate is just a part of the more moderen Greek delicacies historical past.

Essentially the most well-known chocolate dessert in Greece is Sokolatopita which is a Greek chocolate sheet cake drenched in syrup. It is each chocoholics dream and it might probably repair all the pieces unhealthy on the planet.


What sweets did historic Greeks eat?

Most historic Greek sweets have been based mostly on nuts and syrups created from fruit, like petimezi (grape syrup) or pomegranate molasses. Pasteli (honey-sesame bars), caramelized almonds and different nuts have been additionally very talked-about, in addition to a pudding made with flour and concentrated grape juice (moustalevria).
Sugar, which is the primary ingredient of many trendy desserts, started for use from the time of Alexander the Nice, but it surely was at all times costly and so was honey that was not accessible to many individuals.
Fruits (recent or dried) and nuts have been usually eaten as dessert. Within the early third century A.D., the historian Athenaeus describes a dessert made from figs and broad beans in his written work, Deipnosophistae.

Why do Greeks give free dessert?

That is a part of Greek hospitality!
In lots of eating places and taverns, you may be supplied a free, small dessert after dinner, as a thanks gesture for selecting the sure place to dine.

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