12 Greek Sweets

Print Friendly and PDF I've put together here a list of popular and tasty Greek sweets. Just click on the links to go to the recipes.


This is probably one of the best-known sweets from this area of the world and quite rightly so, in my opinion! You should be able to obtain the sheets of filo pastry where you live - it's available in most parts of the world, I believe.


Old ladies from high Athens society used to sit in the tea and coffee houses eating this rich walnut cake as an accompaniment to their tea and gossip. It is delicious accompanied by whipped cream! The thing to be careful with is for it to be neither too dry nor too syrupy.

I love these pies! They have the sweet, juicy taste of the pumpkin and the delicious filo pastry. I personally eat them with cream, but then I eat cream with just about everything! This recipe tells you how to make the filo pastry yourself.


There are many types of halva, especially in the middle eastern countries. My own particular favourite is from Constantinople in Turkey, but obviously I can't put the recipe for that in a blog with authentic Greek recipes! In Greece we have Macedonian Halva from northern Greece - a hard halva - but the manufacturers keep the recipe a secret. We also have Halva tis Rinas (Rina's Halva) and that is the recipe that follows. Ideally it is served with some whipped cream on top, but that is optional.


It's common practice in Greece if you visit someone during the day or early evening, to be offered a spoon sweet, or 'gliko koutaliou'. This is a sweet made from fruit and kept in a jar, to be served on sweet dish (preferrable glass) whenever someone comes. All types of fruit are used, but this particular recipe is for orange. It's really easy to make and is a delightful sweet to eat.


A delicious, refreshing pie for the hot summer months! It can also be served warm, but I much prefer it cold. It can also be served with ice cream. Mmmm!


This is a really, really simple sweet to prepare - but so delicious! Quince is one of my favourite fruits and when it's baked and served with yoghurt and honey.... Well, just try it for yourself! The yoghurt should be Greek strained yoghurt and the honey should preferrably be Greek as well.


My mother had this recipe since she was a young girl and it was popular in the north of Greece at that time. It's more of an accompaniment to tea or coffee rather than a sweet at the end of a meal as other apple pies are. Of course, you can eat it with cream (I do!) and it has a nice 'squidgy' apple filling and soft dough.


This is a very simple, tasty little sweet. You can have it to accompany your coffee or tea. Nice and easy to make, too!

This is a traditional Greek sweet, which I remember from childhood always being served with the coffee or juice whenever we went on family visits. It is more often than not baked in a square or rectangular dish, but can also be baked in a circular shape, as you can see from the photo.
The fruit in the recipe here is quince - for the simple reason that it is my favourite! - but other fruit can also be used, most notably sweetened grapes in syrup.

Delicious sweet, similar in some ways to British custard pie (but much tastier!) with a tang of orange.


These cookies are a tasty accompaniment for your coffee or tea. They have the distinctive taste of must - which is taken from the pressed grapes before it is made into wine - and a hint of cinnamon. You can make them either soft or crispy, depending on your preference.


Eat and Enjoy!

7 comments:

Auntie E said...

they all look so good. can't decided which one to make.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh, just looking at all these has me craving each one. Galaktoboureko is my all time favorite and I haven't had it in months.

Ellad2 said...

That's great! Thank you!!! I adore greek food and greek sweets. Thank you to remind me what to do today! During I was pregnent I made my first baklava! I adore baklava. My mother make baklava every time when we have family gathering. It has bilion calories by it's awesome! :)

Jaya said...

Oh!! I want ALL of those, but I am too lazy to actually cook any of them. Torture!!! I am really looking forward to when technology improves to the point that we can just eat the images off of our computer screen, and they will taste just as delicious as they look!!!

The Accessory Lady said...

The sweet orange pie and walnut cake look amazing! Perhaps I can find some here in NYC. Do you know how to make all of these?

symposio said...

Hi Accessory Lady - Yes, you can find the recipes for both of them (and the other sweets) by clicking on the names (Sweet Orange Pie & Walnut Cake) which are links. The recipes are all here on the blog. Enjoy!

Rebecca said...

WOW!!! I'm bookmarking this post so I can come back to it for the holidays. Thee photos made my mouth water. Greek food is absolutely heavenly.

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