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Olive oil cookies - is there such a thing?

Mr. Tastebud (the hubby) expressed an interest in making olive oil cookies for this year's cookie tray. He's all gung-ho about cutting back on butter, and I want to encourage this enthusiasm.

Does anyone have a recipe for a sweet cookie made with olive oil?

I found this recipe for Scourtines (French olive cookies), but somehow I don't feel that cured olives are very Christmas-y.


Any other ideas?


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  1. There are many Spanish cookies, pastries, and cakes made with olive oil. I love mantecados de aceite. I'll try to dig up some recipes tomorrow and post them.

    1. http://www.oliveoilsource.com/recipes...

      This is our go to source for olive oil recipes. Scroll to bottom for baking cookies, cakes, etc.

      1. The Martha Stewart Baking Handbook has these delicate-looking cookies called (I think) Seville olive oil wafers. They have some fennel and sesame seed in them and look delicious! I hope to make them before I return the book to the library.

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        1. re: Carb Lover

          Ooh, I'd love to get that recipe. We had those in Andalusia last year, and they're delicious. They aren't really cookies, though.

          1. re: Nettie

            The picture makes them look like a very thin cookie (more like a cracker, actually) and I imagined the flavors to be sorta savory w/ a touch of sweetness. I'll paraphrase it later for you when I have more time.

            1. re: Carb Lover

              Thanks! The ones that I had are tortas de aceite, which are described here: http://www.inesrosales.com.

        2. I have never made a cookie with EVOO, but Esposito on her Ciao Italia website has a recipe for chocolate cake that uses EVOO:


          my only complaint is that the OO is more expensive than butter, plus the flavor is identical to that using butter. Otherwise, I like the cake.

          1. Everyone raves about Batali's olive oil gelato; anyone have that recipe?

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            1. re: SusanSDG

              I can give you an olive oil ice cream recipe. It's not Batali's but it's really very interesting.

              1. re: SusanSDG

                found this online this summer, right after i sampled the Batali Olive Oil gelato at Otto. this is from the Babbo cookbook, so i assume it's "the" Batali Olive Oil Gelato recipe.



                1. re: charlie_b

                  If you do make olive oil gelato, be sure to mix in some sea salt when serving. Takes it over the top.

                  1. re: charlie_b

                    I've never seen that recipe (tho it may be the one I went looking for when I found the other). It's interesting because the one I have is so similar but it's called "ice cream" while this one is "gelato". The one I have has a little more sugar, a little less olive oil and the addition of citrus juice. The milk, cream, egg cocktail is the same. I wonder what the difference really is between ice cream and gelato.

                2. There's a fabulous coconut lime cookie recipe in Vive le Vegan by Dreena Burton. It uses canola oil but I always substitute olive oil. Don't let the vegan part scare you. These cookies are truly delicious.

                  The recipe is in this newsletter about half way down the page:

                  1. The Food Network show Ham on the Street, has an Olive Oil, Lemon, Thyme, Pepper cookie. I made it last week and it is really good. I am going to use a little more lemon juice in my next batch.


                    1. I've never made them, but 'How to Cook Everything' has a recipe entitled Olive Oil Cookies. I'm thinking of making them for Chanuka, as they seem pretty seasonal :) I can post the recipe for you if you like.

                      1. Martha Stewart made a Greek olive oil cookie on her show today called melomakarona--I didn't see her recipe posted, but the attached link looks similar.

                        1. I use olive oil as a substitution for vegetable oil in a lot of recipes, even desserts. I personally love it. You won't have the same flakiness as with butter so I'd choose recipes for crunchy cookies. It might help to find a butter to oil conversion to adapt recipes where EVOO will work well. Let us know what you make.

                          1. Hi There,

                            I know that you asked a long time ago about Olive Oil in desserts. I have over 50 in a new book I wrote. They say it cant be done, but I make all kinds of desserts with pure olive oil. Here is one.
                            If you would like to make this a whole grain cookie, the secret is to use whole wheat pastry flour. It is a soft wheat berry and can not be used for bread. Enjoy.I even have a pie crust recipe in my book.
                            New Toll Cookie

                            2/3 cup Pure or Light Olive Oil
                            ¾ cup granulated sugar
                            ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
                            2 large eggs
                            2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
                            1 tablespoon milk
                            2½ cups flour
                            1 teaspoon baking soda
                            1 teaspoon salt
                            1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                            1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

                            Preheat oven to 375°F. In mixing bowl, blend Olive Oil, butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Blend well. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans (optional). Drop by tablespoon or medium sized cookie scoop. Bake 9~11 minutes. Cool on rack.

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