These traditional Greek desserts will be right at home in your own kitchen.
Desserts from Greece are not only rich and flavorful, but they’re also bright and fresh.
You’ll find many fresh fruits and ingredients such as fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds used in most of the recipes on this list.
While there are a few that call for some kind of bread, the majority of them use sweet, tasty ingredients to make desserts that have a lot of flavor and texture.
So, if you’re looking for some new sweets to try in your own kitchens, keep reading.
This list has something for everyone!
Melopita is a sweet, spongy dessert made of eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and either pistachios or walnuts.
It’s perfect when you want something light and delicious.
The combination of the three nuts gives the melopita its unique flavor profile.
You can serve it with honey or lemon syrup as a sweet-n-spicy snack.
Bougatsa, also known as gougatsa, is a traditional Georgian dessert.
(I’m not sure if that makes it easy to describe.)
It’s made with a cake of marmalade and sweetened condensed milk.
The cake is baked in a shallow dish, which leaves the filling soft but airy.
It has no leavening agent or eggs, so it can be eaten plain as a snack or served warm with honey and whipped cream.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with layers of phyllo dough and honey, or jam, fruit, nuts, and honey.
It’s crunchy and fluffy with a sweet tanginess that goes well with tea.
You can use any kind of jam you like for this recipe.
But I highly recommend using the lemon-honey variety.
It’s so good you’ll want to eat it straight from the bowl!
If you’re into sweet desserts, you have to try this light, airy dessert.
Portokalopita is a Greek dessert made with a cheese-filled crust and a creamy filling.
The filling is a mix of ricotta, pistachios, and chopped walnuts.
The topping is simple but adds such an amazing texture!
These guys are great on their own or as part of a big dinner feast.
Revani is a traditional dessert in Greece, Portugal, and Italy.
It’s made with four layers of cake layered on top of each other until the plate is full.
The most popular version uses marzipan, but you can make it any kind of sponge cake you have.
In fact, the batter for this dessert is pretty much interchangeable with any kind of cake!
A typical recipe calls for a simple vanilla sponge cake topped with nutty marzipan and infused with candied orange peel.
But if that sounds too complicated to be enjoyable, try a blueberry or strawberry one.
It will taste just as good.
Halva is a sweet, crunchy, and buttery treat that is perfect for serving with tea or coffee.
The only problem with halva is that it’s hard to come by.
So if you can find the right ingredients, this recipe will show you how easy it is to make!
If you have time and patience, you could even make your own halva recipe at home.
Just be sure to check out this recipe and get cooking!
Galaktoboureko is the Greek version of a crepe, and in this case, it’s a light, fluffy one.
This recipe is known to be extremely easy to make.
You can even add it to your breakfast rotation without much hassle.
It takes only 30 minutes, but when you take a bite of these sweet and nutty cookies, you’ll feel like you just spent hours making them.
Ekmek Kataifi is a popular dish in Egypt.
It’s made with ground wheat that marries with yogurt and spices.
It’s essentially a sandwich but is more reminiscent of a pizza than a bread roll.
So the name is kind of fitting, although it can also be used to make sandwiches or even as an open-faced meal.
Either way, this dish packs a punch!
If you’ve never had a cold ricotta and mozzarella salad, you need to make this recipe now.
This dish is the definition of comfort food.
It’s a combination of tender pasta, creamy ricotta, and salty parmesan that makes it irresistible.
Serve it for dinner with crusty bread for dipping or enjoy it as a light lunch with some fresh fruit.
These Greek cookies are a must-have for any party.
They’re light, airy, and delicious.
They’re best when you make them fresh, so check on them often as they bake.
Once they turn golden brown, you can eat them right away or cool and enjoy later.
You can serve these with coffee or tea to start the festivities off right.
Or if you want to impress your guests and get their attention, serve up some Loukoumades at the end of a meal.
This dish is a Greek classic that may have been passed down through generations.
It’s made with marinated chicken thighs, lemon dill sauce, and spinach leaves.
It doesn’t take much effort to make this dish delicious!
Plus, you can serve it as an appetizer or main course.
With a little bit of effort, you can have yourself a tasty dinner in no time at all.
Pasteli are thin, crispy, and buttery cookies that can be eaten with a fork or crumbled into a bowl.
They’re a classic Italian dessert that originated in the south of Italy.
For this recipe, you’ll use chapati flour to give them the perfect consistency.
While you could substitute it for all purpose flour, chapati flour is widely available.
Serve these with an ice cream or coffee for the perfect summer treat!
In the mood for a sweet treat?
Look no further than Tourta Nougatina.
This decadent confection features rich, chocolatey custard with crunchy nougatine on top.
It’s sweet, sticky, and very delicious.
The secret to its deliciousness is the addition of cardamom.
Cardamom seeds are said to have magical properties that make food more flavorful!
So if you want your dessert to be even more irresistible, add them in.
Karydopita is a thick, creamy dessert topped with a sweet and juicy cherry on top.
The combination of flavors and textures in this dish is absolutely delicious!
It’s made of two main ingredients: yogurt and pineapples.
The yogurt is full of sweet and tangy notes, while the pineapples provide a fruity kick.
Add some granola for extra crunch, or you can even omit it if you’re in the mood for something mild.
Trigona panoramatos are a delightful dessert for those looking to experience something new.
It’s made by filling fresh-squeezed orange juice with crushed pineapple and cinnamon.
It’s sweet, tangy, and refreshing!
This recipe is perfect if you want to kick off the weekend with a bit of sunshine.
Kourabiedes is a popular pasta dish from Greece that’s perfect for any occasion.
Made with rich, creamy tomato sauce and perfectly-cooked pasta, this dish has it all.
It’s filling enough to satisfy your hunger without being overly heavy.
Plus, the flavors are delicious enough to make you look forward to more meals!
Kourabiedes is the perfect recipe for a filling and hearty meal that everyone will love!
Melomakarona is a traditional Lithuanian dish made from potatoes, onions and carrots.
It’s rich in flavor and can be served plain or with a variety of toppings.
For example, you can serve it with boiled eggs, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, or even ketchup!
This hearty potato side dish also makes a great accompaniment to meats such as chicken or beef.
Try the recipe above for a heavenly meal that will make you feel at home in Lithuania.
If you’re looking for a new way to use up those leftover spinach and feta cheese, it’s time to give galatopita a try.
This Greek dessert is studded with dried fruit, nuts, and herbs.
It has a wonderful texture that breaks apart into bite-sized pieces when baked.
And the flavor?
The spices blend perfectly with the salad dressing and cheese.
The best part is this recipe only takes 20 minutes of your time!
Perhaps it’s the name, but I love this sweet southern dessert!
This authentic side dish is a combination of mashed potatoes and buttery cream cheese.
It’s made with white flour and cornstarch, so it’s thick and creamy.
It has traditional ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, sugar, vanilla extract, etc.
Throw in some chopped nuts or raisins for extra flavor.
If you can find fresh strawberries with the skin left on (not syrup), that would be ideal to try out.
This Cypriot side dish is a must-try if you’re looking to wow friends and family.
Kolokithopita is a crisp, flaky pie with sweet and savory filling.
The crust is made from flour, butter, eggs, and olive oil.
It’s crumbly and buttery with a delicious flavor all its own!
Featuring fresh herbs (dill, parsley), it has a wonderfully complex flavor without being overwhelming.
For an extra kick of sweetness, add some honey or lemon zest.
Kataifi is a traditional Egyptian dessert made with ground rice cooked in a sweetened syrup.
The name probably refers to the shape of the dish.
You’ll use a clay pot, or katafi (the Arabic name for the cooking vessel) to cook this dessert.
It’s composed of cubes of green banana and seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
When it’s done cooking, you can top it with anything your heart desires – shredded coconut, pistachio nuts, almonds… the options are endless!
To be honest, I love kataifi because its flavor is so different from any other dessert.
It has such an exotic taste that I just can’t get enough.
Crepes are delicious, but they’re not the most healthy option.
That’s why you should make this recipe!
This recipe is a fantastic way to add more protein and fiber to your meals.
The best part?
It only takes 15 minutes.
You can even make these in advance and freeze them for later.
This makes it perfect for busy weeknights!
Kormos is a popular Indian dessert made of crushed pistachio nuts and sugar, flavored with cardamom powder.
The unique sweetness comes from the addition of sugar.
You can also add other flavors like rose water or raisins to make them even more enticing.
Once you’ve rolled these balls in crushed pistachios and sugar, they’re ready to serve!
Amygdalota is a Mexican side dish made with nuts and corn kernels.
The combination of crunchy, warm nuts and sweet corn makes this dish irresistible.
But the addition of chili powder gives it even more flavor.
Serve this dish with tortilla chips or tacos for an easy meal.
Milopita is a traditional Greek dish made with mashed potatoes, omelette, and fresh herbs.
You can make it with just the ingredients you have on hand.
Or if you’re in a rush, this recipe makes for simple dinner cooking.
The combination of creamy mashed potatoes and crisp fried eggs is so satisfying!
It’s an excellent choice if you have an appetite to fill but don’t want to overeat.