If you have molasses in the cupboard, make grapemust cookies with molasses, extra virgin olive oil and honey, without added sugar. They are delicious, light and, above all, healthy. If not, don’t warry, you can use plain grapemust.
Grapemust cookie is tasty and extremely nutritious winter snack. It can be easily and pleasantly consumed for breakfast with a glass of milk or juice or as an intermediate snack with a fruit or a hot drink, such as cocoa or coffee. It is an excellent snack for children at school.
Grapemust cookies are traditional cookies in Greece. They used to be made in September since the old times, when they grapes were collected, and the must was made.
Must is the liquid product of crushing the fruits of the vine, the juice produced from the grapes. It gets its colour from the pigments of the grape rind, so it can be white to red, with a high sugars content.
From antiquity, grapemust and its derivatives, like molasses was the main sweetener.
Researchers record the “petimezi” (molasses), making it obvious that in the ancient world this form of viscous must -as it appears after boiling- was widely used. Latin collection of recipes, called Apicius, talks about the “sweet of the Cretans”, a kind of bread, which was prepared with sweet must and olive oil.
In the same collection, very often it is recorded the preparation of a sauce with the addition of raisins and boiled grape juice. Maybe the most interesting recipe is with duck cooked with plums and molasses.
In the Byzantine world “musta or mustopita” was called the grapemust flour.
The cuisine of Asia Minor used a lot of baked grapemust to make sweets such as quinces boiled with molasses. No need to mention that white crystal sugar was not invented yet, or not known in this part of earth.
But let us go back to our recipe.
The raw materials of the grapemust cookies are the molasses, the flour and the honey.
You can use grapemust to make those cookies. The main difference between grapemust and molasses is that the second one is grapemust which has beet boiled for hours in low temperature, traditionally with ash.
The molasses that it is contained, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and a complex of B vitamins, while it also contains trace elements such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
You can use whatever molasses you want. I have worked on this particular recipe professionally with various qualities and flavours. The best result in my opinion comes out with unheated molasses because it has less sweetness and more intense taste of the raw material. They are also delicious with pomegranate or even fig molasses.
For me, the most delicious has come out with the unheated molasses from the aromatic grapes’ variety Muscat, produced by GoldenBlack. If you add some of their tiny Corinthian raisins, then the result takes off.
Interesting information for grapemust cookies
Course: Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
• 200 grams extra virgin olive oil
• 300 grams honey flower or citrus
• 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
• 1 tps whole cloves
• 1,5 tsp ammonia
• 1,5 tsp baking soda
• 250 grams Orange juice fresh!
• 40 grams black currants
• 1 Tbsp orange zest
• 1000 grams wheat flour for all uses