28 Traditional Greek Desserts (Recipes Collection)

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Greek desserts are the perfect example of Mediterranean desserts with many healthy and flavor-rich ingredients. Greece is famous because of its food, but its desserts provide much more flavors than its food.

If you have never tried Greek desserts, you are missing the most delightful ones. After trying amazing Greek desserts, you will admit that Greek desserts have the most unique and healthy flavors because of the fascinating phyllo dough and other ingredients. This article has summarized the most delicious and easy-to-make Greek desserts. Try these and surprise your guests, whether at a family get-together or a party at home.

Cookies

Melomakarona

Melomakarona

Melomakarona is a very tender and soft cookie with an oval-shaped appearance. They are scented with cinnamon and orange flavors, soaked in honey syrup, and then covered with delightful walnuts. These cookies are irresistible; no one can say no when they are on the menu. If you are diet-conscious and want sugar-free desserts, Melomakarona is the perfect dessert due to its lactose-free nature. These little walnut-topped cookies are the perfect treat as an Easter dessert, Christmas, or a New Year party. They are also the best gift to give your friends and family on special occasions.

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Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes cookies

Kourabiede is a traditional Greek dessert that is originally a biscuit with various buttery flavors. Its ingredients, almonds, rosewater, fresh butter, and sweet icing sugar, give an excellent taste to these little cookies. Kourabiede is the absolute classic dessert that is served as one of the best wedding cakes among Greeks.

These creamy cookies have lovely flavors that easily make everyone fall in love with them. Each bite melts instantly and fills your mouth with divine flavors. They are best to serve at wedding events, or you can try them on holiday when you want easy desserts to cook at home.

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Koulourakia

Koulourakia

You might not have heard about Koulourakia, but they are small-sized baked cookies. Aside from the usual ingredients, they are flavored with orange extracts, cocoa, cinnamon, mastika, and other traditional Greek ingredients. They are also baked in varying sizes and shapes.

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Amygdalota

Amygdalota

I guess ancient Greeks were quite fond of baked cookies, the variations of which we have listed in our blog. Amygdalota might look similar to kourabiedes, but they give a different texture. They have almonds for the crunch and also require hydrosol.

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Lazarakia (Greek Easter Cookies)

Lazarakia

Lazarakia is the traditional bread that Greek people love eating early morning. Whether you are a Greek person or not, you will love the flavors of these easter cookies. Soft and traditional cookies contain delicious ingredients, including sugar, flour, yeast, water, ground cinnamon, vegetable oil, mahleb powder, and whole clove.

Simple to make and quick to bake before serving. The best part is that you can give them your favorite shapes. Fun to make! Ask the kids to give them shapes, and you keep frying them. Woah! Yummy.

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Moustokouloura (Must-Flavored Cookies)

Moustokouloura

Want to eat something unique? Then you must try moustokoloura or must-flavored cookies. This Greek delicacy will give your taste buds a delightful harmony of crunch and sweetness. These crunchy cookies have something that you may not forget.

You can make these cookies with grape molasses and additional flavors of clove and cinnamon that give them an unforgettable aroma. The smell and taste of these cookies will take you to the world of flavors. The best thing is that these cookies don’t contain any dairy products—a complementary treat with your coffee or tea.

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Cakes

Karithopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

Karidopita

Karithopita is a traditional Greek walnut cake that is soaked in syrup. The nuts’ crunch and balanced spice flavors make it the best dessert for special occasions. If you want to enjoy a nutty treat, there is nothing better than a Karithopita or Greek walnut cake.

The best thing is that it has regional ingredient variations, such as adding butter, milk, and vegetable oil. Some modern combinations also contain cocoa and chocolate that enhance the flavors of walnut cake.

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Portokalopita (Orange Cake)

Portokalopita

Cake can be the best dessert that brings happiness to your table; if it is about portokalopita or Greek orange cake, you can expect more. It is a yummy treat that you can give to your sweet tooth. You make this delicious cake with phyllo dough, sugar, light orange syrup, eggs, vegetable oil, and yogurt.

It is one of the best desserts with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. You can make it with semolina or flour instead of phyllo pastry. Portokalopita will be perfect with ice cream, bitter chocolate ice cream, or plain yogurt.

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Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s Cake)

Vasilopita

This is perhaps the most exciting Greek dessert, as it is associated with the memory of Saint Basil. Plus, there is a hidden coin inside this New Year’s cake. And he who finds it out is ought to be lucky in the upcoming year! Interesting isn’t it?

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Ravaní (Greek Semolina Cake)

Revani Cake

Ravani is the new cake version, which has become famous due to its sweetest flavors. Grab semolina, sugar, flour, and yogurt. Orange zest adds the flavors, and soaking into the syrup makes it yummier. Coat the cake with sugar, water, and lemonade syrup; it’s delicious.

Cut the cake into diamond shapes and serve with the walnuts and whipped cream on the top. Delicious and delightful! The citrusy flavors and dense texture of this Ravani cake are worth trying.

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Breads & Pastries

Tsoureki

Tsoureki

Tsoureki is full of rich flavors of aromatic spices, including Mahlab and mastic, which gives it a pleasing smell. Whenever someone makes it at home, its smell fills the whole house, giving immense pleasure and divine satisfaction. Tsoureki is a traditional dessert of Greek people who love to make it.

The best thing about this dessert is that it is divided into two sections; on the first day, you knead the dough and then freeze it, and on the second day, you will make it. You can add the almond extract taste if you want. It is famous all year round, and best serves as a breakfast or coffee snack. And, if you love trying out something different, check out these Japanese desserts, and traditional Asian desserts.

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Baklava

greek baklava recipe

Baklava is the most popular dessert in the Middle East, scented with rosewater. The honey baklava is crispy, flaky, and tender. It is an excellent option if you want something sweet but traditional. The baklava has the spiciness of cardamon and cinnamon and a filling of pistachios, pecans, and walnuts that are heavenly for your taste buds.

Its texture and flavors are so unique that you will love it. It is a great dessert for holiday parties, events like anniversaries, or Christmas parties. Even on your first try, you will be blown away by its flavors and deliciousness.

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Galaktoboureko

Greek Galaktoboureko

Galaktoboureko has the perfect golden and crispy appearance that appeals to everyone. Every bite of golden crispy Galaktoboureko is super creamy and melts in the mouth, giving a divine taste to the one who eats it. It has layers of crispy golden-brown phyllo that are more flavorful than it looks.

The melting butter topping makes it more delicious, and the creamy custard inside it and the scented syrup are the perfect combinations for creamy dessert lovers. It is easy to make; you don’t need any extra effort to make it at home. It is one of the most famous and delightful desserts in Greek restaurants and serves best with any meal.

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Bougatsa

Greek Bougatsa

Bougatsa is a super creamy and good-looking dessert you can easily make at home without trouble. It is one of the famous traditional Greek desserts people love making at special events. The Bougatsa has creamy custard and crispy phyllo flavors, which have a delightful and lovely topping of melting butter, the perfect topping for this dessert.

In the end, it is sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar, adding more sweetness to this delicious dessert. It is perfect at any time of the day, especially if you want something sweet after a meal.

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Diples

Diples

Diples are the amazing traditional dessert of the Greeks. Due to the fried pastry in its texture, it gives a heavenly taste to the person who eats it. Diples have the sweetest taste because of honey coating and then become more flavorful because of nutty walnuts, which is the perfect addition.

On special occasions, to make them in larger quantities, women make them in groups. People love to celebrate events with wonderful sweet flavors of Diples. They are perfect for saving in airtight jars for future events.

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Saragli

Saragli

Saragli is similar to baklawa dessert, which has signature ingredients of Greeks desserts. You cannot resist these heavenly sweet rolls with cinnamon and walnut fillings. It is very easy to make these delicious treats in half an hour.

So, roll flaky pastry with your favorite nuts, walnuts, cinnamon powder, and cloves powder. The crunch of flaky phyllo pastry with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves will need your self-control after having one bite of these delicious rolls.

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Pies And Tarts

Kolokithopita (Pumpkin Pie)

Kolokithopita

Are you a pumpkin lover? Then try one of the best pumpkin desserts – Kolokithopita, or pumpkin pie. It is a great combination of flavors that you can expect from this type of pie. The crust’s crunch and the pumpkin filling’s softness will fill your mouth with flavors.

You may need phyllo dough, pumpkin, sugar, and spices like clove, cinnamon, and olive oil to make this pie. Bake until the dough becomes golden and crunchy. It has many flavors and is easy to make without taking much time. You can have this pie with a cup of coffee, a perfect pairing.

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Sokolatopita (Greek Chocolate Pie)

Sokolatopita

Moist, dense, and soft Sokolatopita dessert is famous for its sweet flavors. You can call it a chocolate cake. Packed with a few ingredients like boiling water, butter, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, cup brandy, and chocolate chips.

With just a few ingredients, it tastes heavenly and sweet once baked. The best thing about this dessert is that it is made in the old way, like using cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Don’t even need the mixer to make it. Mix the ingredients, pour into the pan, bake it, and enjoy the tastiest bites of this chocolaty pie.

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Melopita

Melopita

If you are looking for a delicious treat for your taste buds, then Melopita is the best pick. It is a simple yet delightful dessert that will satisfy your cravings. The natural sweetness of honey perfectly pairs with the creaminess of ricotta and creates an irresistible texture that leaves a long-lasting impression on your palate.

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Sweets

Loukoumades

Greek Loukoumades - 1

Loukoumades are delightful, fluffy, sweet little balls filled with honey. They have a crispy and golden appearance. Loukoumades are the traditional dessert everyone loves to make at home on special occasions. The super covering of honey syrup, garnishing of chopped walnuts, and cinnamon sprinkled and toasted with sesame seeds give them the perfect delicious and sweet taste.

All these flavors make them irresistible honey balls that everyone wants to eat, even if they have no space in their tummy. They serve perfectly at dinner to give a sweet taste to your tooth.

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Pasteli

Pasteli

Pasteli is very simple and quick to make at home. This snack is perfect for those who love crunchy flavors and textures. Pasteli is a super healthy and sweet snack made of only two ingredients: sesame seeds and honey.

You can add lemon or tangy flavor if you want more flavors and ingredients. Pasteli does not demand special attention to the details; you can make it as you want. Its unique and tasty texture is worth tasting if you are a dessert lover.

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Kataifi

Kadaifi

Kataifi is a simply overwhelming Greek sweet dish with a filling of fresh butter cream. In appearance, kadaifi looks like baklava but does not taste like that; it has different and unique flavors. This fascinating and attractive dessert is made of chopped walnuts, has sweet flavors of clove or cinnamon, is wrapped with delightful Kataifi dough, and then soaked with lemon syrup.

The Kataifi is a little crunchy because of its golden brown and crispy topping. These are the perfect and most beautiful flavors that make this dessert a hit.

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Loukoumi (Greek Turkish Delight)

Loukoumi

Try this Turkish delight. Loukoumi is the Turkish name of the dessert. Delightful, refreshing, and delicious bites melt in the mouth of the Loukoumi. It is a candy made with cornstarch, sugar, rosewater, and lemon juice.

It melts in the mouth with all the sweet flavors and tastes delightful. Mix the ingredients until they become thick and gooey, pour into the flat pan, and leave to cool in the refrigerator. Super easy and quick to make, right? Tons of flavors will make everyone feel the delightfulness of this candy, which pleases the taste buds and makes kids eat it non-stop.

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Custards And Puddings

Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding)

Rizogalo

Rizogalo is an egg-free Greek classic dessert that is extra creamy. It is a rice pudding with vanilla cream, orange tang, or lemon peel flavors making it lemon flavored dessert with some extra deliciousness. You can add eggs, but it is not compulsory to add them; if you don’t want an eggy flavor.

The recipe’s lovely flavors can take you back to your childhood memories. It is best to serve warm or instantly after taking it out from the fridge. The Rizogalo is a must-try treat for family and friends, especially kids.

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Spoon Sweets

Spoon Sweets

Spoon sweets are the favorite dessert of every family in Greece. They are straightforward to make, that’s why they are more appealing. Spoon sweets can be used with various fruit but serve best with black cherries. Red or white grapes are also an outstanding flavorful choice for spoon-sweet desserts.

The fruits have syrup covering them, making them extra sweet. It is an old-fashioned dessert, but now there are many different ways to make them. You cannot resist this dessert even if you are not hungry. It is a perfect dessert for a get-together.

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Frozen Desserts

Pagoto (Greek Ice Cream)

Pagoto

Do you love vanilla ice cream? If yes, then let’s try Ravani Greek semolina cake this time. Tastes incredible in each bite, cool and sweet.

You only need granulated sugar, ground golden gum mastic, double or whipped cream, pure salep, and whole milk. With a few ingredients, it comes together quickly and tastes best. If you have kids, then surprise them with this as an evening snack party. They will love its refreshing flavors. Satisfying, scrummy, and cool!

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Greek Desserts recipes

28 Traditional Greek Desserts (Recipes Collection)

Adalynn Ward
Greek desserts are the perfect example of Mediterranean desserts with many healthy and flavor-rich ingredients. Greece is famous because of its food, but its desserts provide much more flavors than its food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 54 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 5 persons

Ingredients

Cookies

  • Melomakarona
  • Kourabiedes
  • Koulourakia
  • Amygdalota
  • Lazarakia Greek Easter Cookies
  • Moustokouloura Must-Flavored Cookies

Cakes

  • Karithopita Greek Walnut Cake
  • Portokalopita Orange Cake
  • Revani Cake
  • Vasilopita Greek New Year’s Cake
  • Ravaní Greek Semolina Cake

Breads & Pastries

  • Tsoureki
  • Baklava
  • Galaktoboureko
  • Bougatsa
  • Diples
  • Saragli

Pies And Tarts

  • Kolokithopita Pumpkin Pie
  • Sokolatopita Greek Chocolate Pie
  • Melopita

Sweets

  • Loukoumades
  • Pasteli
  • Kataifi
  • Loukoumi Greek Turkish Delight
  • Custards And Puddings
  • Rizogalo Greek Rice Pudding
  • Spoon Sweets

Frozen Desserts

  • Pagoto Greek Ice Cream

How to Make?

  • Select any one dessert from these delicious Greek desserts, and open it on a new tab.
  • Make sure to see and note all the ingredients you need for the desserts.
  • The ingredients must be fresh.
  • Follow the instruction to make a greek dessert.
  • I hope you have made the dessert that you want. Don't forget to give us your feedback in the comments.

Nutrition

Serving: 1dessertCalories: 320kcal
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