Hurmasice are a traditional Balkan cake biscuit/cake soaked in sugar syrup. Also known as Urmasice, these syrup soaked- biscuits are a treat for all the sweet lovers out there.

They’re delicious and easy to make!


This recipe makes around 30 pieces. So, just follow the instructions given below to make perfect hurmasice and enjoy!!!

Steps to Make Hurmasice:

Things you will need for the syrup:

things you'll need to make hurmasice syrup

  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 sliced lemon

Things you will need for the biscuits:


things you'll need to make hurmasice biscuit

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 450 grams of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of grated coconut (you can also use chopped walnuts or pecan nuts)

Step 1. Make the sweet syrup

prepare the sweet syrup to make hurmasice
Start by preparing the sweet syrup
  • Take 4 cups of water in a deep-bottomed pan and add 3 cups of granulated sugar.
  • Add in the sliced lemon as well and bring to a boil.
  • Keep it boiling for 4 to 5 minutes or till it reaches a thick, syrupy consistency.

Prepare the syrup first as it needs to cool down before being poured over the still warm hurmasice.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients to make biscuit dough

make the dough to make hurmasice
Prepare the biscuit dough
  • Mix eggs, sugar and oil.
  • Add baking powder, grated coconut and flour.
  • Add around 450 grams of all-purpose flour; your dough should be thick enough to stop dripping between your fingers.
  • Knead the dough with your hands.

Your dough should look like this:

your dough should look like this to make hurmasice
Dough to make the biscuits is ready

Step 3. Make the biscuits

add shape and texture to the biscuit to make hurmasice
Add texture to the flattened dough balls to make the biscuits
  • Divide the dough into around 30 equal-sized balls.
  • Individually shape and flatten each ball into an oval cookie; you can flatten it over a cheese grater for some added texture and better absorption of syrup.
  • Make sure that each biscuit is around 1 cm thick.

Step 4. Bake in the oven till they turn golden brown

bake biscuits until they turn golden brown to make hurmasice
Bake the hurmasice biscuits
  • Put the biscuits on an ungreased baking tray, leaving a finger’s space between them.
  • Bake in a preheated oven until they turn nice golden brown i.e., for about 20-30 minutes at 200-220 ℃.

Step 5. Pour the sweet syrup over the baked biscuits

pour sweet syrup over the biscuits to make hurmasice
Pour the syrup over the biscuits
  • Once baked, put them in a bowl, and pour the cooled syrup over them to make hurmasice.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate!

Enjoy your syrupy biscuit cakes!

final to make hurmasice
Traditional hurmasice recipe is ready

FabHow Tips

  • You can substitute the oil with 250 grams of unsalted butter or margarine. Take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit for half an hour at room temperature as the softened butter will be easier to mix while preparing the dough.
  • If you are not comfortable using your fingers, you can also use a hand blender to mix all the ingredients together to make perfect hurmasice biscuit dough.
  • Alternatively, you can also go for a healthier dish by using honey to sweeten the syrup to be poured over the baked biscuits. Adding a cinnamon stick to the syrup will further add warmth and a sweet and sharp aspect to this Balkan cake biscuit.