Grape must cookies (moustokouloura)

October 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Grape must cookies (moustokouloura)

Must is a freshly pressed, unfermented grape juice. The word must comes from Latin, meaning young wine.

It is one of the indispensable cooking ingredient from Ancient Rome till today.

Grapes are usually harvested from the vineyard from the end of August until early November.

Traditionally, in September we bought our must for wine and I saved 1 cup of it to use in cooking.

  • 1/2 cup grape must
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/2 t soda
  • 1 t. cacao
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves
  • 1/4 cup cognac or brandy
  • 400 gr flour
  • sesame seeds

Combine grape must, olive oil, sugar and butter.

Stir cinnamon and cloves with cognac.

Sift together flour and soda.

Slowly add sifted flour to grape juice mixture. Add cognac mixture and mix until you get a soft dough.

Using pieces of dough, roll snakes and press the two ends together forming oval wreaths. You can shape the cookies with a piping bag.

Coat with sesame seeds.

Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet.

Bake at 180° C for 25 minutes until they are done.

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