23 Traditional Greek Desserts (Recipes Collection)

Greek Desserts recipes

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.

1. Baklava

Greek Baklava ready to be served

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Delicious and fascinating
  • Layered with honey and crispy phyllo dough
  • Filled with crushed nuts and honey syrup

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 all 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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2. Loukoumades

Greek Loukoumades - 1

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Best traditional homemade dessert
  • Fluffy and sweet honey balls
  • Looks like a Greek version of doughnuts

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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3. Galaktoboureko


What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 2 hours
  • Deliciously melts in the mouth
  • Layered with crispy phyllo
  • Topped with melting butter

Galaktoboureko has the perfect golden and crispy appearance that appeals to everyone. Every bite of golden crispy Galaktoboureko is super creamy that 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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4. Bougatsa

Greek Bougatsa

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour
  • Creamy and golden perfection
  • Garnished with delicious cinnamon and icing sugar
  • Delicious snack after any meal

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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5. Melomakarona


What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 50 minutes
  • Intense flavors of cinnamon and cloves
  • Super quick to make
  • Perfect traditional dessert for Christmas

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 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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6. Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes cookies

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 50 minutes
  • Delicious and buttery Greek biscuit
  • Crunchy and rich with flavors
  • Smells like rosewater

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 people call wedding cakes.

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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7. Tsoureki

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Fluffy and soft
  • The semi-soft and stringy texture
  • Most flavorful Tsoureki recipe

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, or Asian desserts.

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8. Portokalopita

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Fluffy and colorful
  • Soaked with orange syrup
  • Perfect for any occasion

Portokalopita is known as a very old-fashioned cake. The Greek yogurt with phyllo pastry fillings and soaked with orange syrup make it more delicious and appealing. It is effortless to make because it requires no specific ingredients or skills.

The phyllo sheets in them are more appealing and tastier. If you are afraid of using phyllo or don’t like phyllo, then you must try this dessert once; you will be a fan. The orange and cinnamon coating ensures that your dessert tastes unique and moist. It is a must to try dessert at holiday parties and events.

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9. Diples

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 55 minutes
  • Sweetest because of honey covering
  • Topped with chopped walnuts
  • Popular on Christmas days

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 a 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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10. Karidopita

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour
  • Extra syrupy and fluffy
  • Mouthwatering walnut recipe
  • Rich flavors and unique texture

Karidopita is one of the most famous classic desserts that have the extra sweetness of honey and walnut on its topping. The moist and fluffy texture is perfect for all sweet dessert lovers. Karidopita has warm spices with the addition of cinnamon topping over honey. You can add more honey to its top to make it soft and moist. You can serve it with delightful whipped cream and coffee.

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11. Rizogalo

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 50 minutes
  • Comforting and extra creamy
  • Egg-free traditional dessert
  • Super thick and flavorful

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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12. Pasteli

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Super easy and healthy
  • Family favorite dessert
  • Perfect vegetarian snack

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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13. Kadaifi

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 45 minutes
  • Golden and crispy topping
  • Looks like baklava
  • Bathed with lemon-scented syrup

Kadaifi is a simply overwhelming dessert 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 kadaifi dough, and then soaked with lemon syrup.

The kadaifi 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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14. Spoon Sweets

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Sour and sweet at the same Time
  • Topping on dark chocolate makes them tastier
  • Serves best with ice cream

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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15. Revani Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Classic delectable cake
  • Famous dessert in the middle east
  • Moist and extra syrupy

Revani cake is a classic and fluffy cake that has mouthwatering flavors. It has delicious coconut flavors that are the perfect addition to make it more flavorful. The refreshing stuffing of lemon and orange flavors makes it one of the most delicious desserts. It is famous only because of its cooling texture and moist and tempting smell.

This syrupy Greek dessert has a sweetness of honey layer on top and then a nutty sprinkling. It is not challenging to make at home; it is a perfect addition to your table at family get-togethers or any holiday breakfast party.  

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16. Koulourakia


What’s Special

  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Small, twisted-baked cookies
  • Flavored with tahini, nut butter, sesame seeds, and many others

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, mastiha, and other traditional greek ingredients. They are also baked in varying sizes and shapes.

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17. Amygdalota


What’s Special

  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Cookies quite similar to marzipan
  • Originated in ancient Greece in Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos

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 gave a different texture. They have almonds for the crunch and also require hydrosol.

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18. Vasilopita


What’s Special

  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Memorial of Saint Basil
  • Baked especially on New Year’s Eve

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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19. Loukoumi (Greek Turkish Delight)


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. That’s it!

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 make kids eat it non-stop.

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20. Sokolatopita (Greek Chocolate Pie)


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.

Dark chocolaty color, delicious and soft.

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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21. Ravaní (Greek Semolina Cake)


Ravani is the new cake version, which has become famous due to its sweetest flavors.

Grab semolina, sugar, flour, and yogurt. That’s all.

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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22. Pagoto (Greek Ice Cream)


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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23. Lazarakia (Greek Easter Cookies)


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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Greek Desserts recipes

23 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


  • Baklava
  • Loukoumades
  • Galaktoboureko
  • Bougatsa
  • Melomakarona
  • Kourabiedes
  • Tsoureki
  • Portokalopita
  • Diples
  • Karidopita
  • Rizogalo
  • Pasteli
  • Kadaifi
  • Spoon Sweets
  • Revani Cake
  • Vasilopita
  • Amygdalota
  • Koulourakia
  • Loukoumi (Greek Turkish Delight)
  • Sokolatopita (Greek Chocolate Pie)
  • Ravaní (Greek Semolina Cake)
  • Lazarakia (Greek Easter Cookies)
  • 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.


Serving: 1dessertCalories: 320kcal
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Hello!! My name is Adalynn I love to eat, travel, and eat some more! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smiles can brighten anyone’s day!