Greek Amigdalota Tis Haras – Pear-Shaped Almond Macaroons of Joy Recipe

A recipe from Kefalonia shared my Melpomeni from @melpomeni.matthews

A beautiful almond treat that is traditionally made in Kefalonia during times of celebration. Flavoured with orange zest and almond extract; and shaped into little pears, these nutty delights are a joy to behold and enjoy!

Thank you Melpomeni for generously sharing your beautiful recipe with the Meri Month of May!!! 💖 💖 💖

Photos and recipe by Melpomeni Matthews

Greek Amigdalota Tis Haras - Pear-shaped Almond Macaroons of Joy Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Keyword almond, greek sweets


  • 3 cups almond meal 
  • 2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 egg whites
  • Zest of one large orange, finely grated 
  •  ¼ tsp pure almond extract
  • 24 cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced

  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper

  3. Combine almond meal and ½ cup icing sugar in a bowl

  4. Add the egg whites, orange zest and almond extract

  5. Using your hands, mix until a dough comes together into ball.

  6. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into 24 small pear shapes and insert 1 clove into the top of each pear

  7. Place amigdalota upright on baking trays

  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to touch

  9. Using the remaining icing sugar in a deep bowl, dip the hot amidgalota, one at a time, into the icing sugar and coat evenly

  10. Place them on a platter and allow them to cool (You can store them in airtight containers for up to 2weeks)

Serving the Amigdalota Tis Haras

  1. Enjoy the amigdalota at festivities and celebrations!

    Xronia Polla!

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