Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies


Baking with olive oil adds heart-healthy benefits to any recipe as it cuts back on the cholesterol and saturated fat contents of typical desserts.  My father maintains a very healthy diet and never touches anything I bake unless it is made with dark chocolate or olive oil.  He recently sent me a bunch of olive oil recipes, so I decided to make my way through the pile and began with the chocolate cookies.  My timing was perfect because he was in town this weekend.  I was able to convince him to try a cookie and he said he enjoyed it! 


I have a nice big bottle of olive oil which I've never used for baking.  Measuring out 3/4 of a cup made me a bit nervous, but all was well in the end.  Believe it or not, the olive oil in this recipe takes the place of butter and eggs.  This was a nice change of pace for someone who is constantly buying sticks of butter and cartons of eggs!  These cookies offer the perfect bite of chocolate and crunch which then melt in your mouth- they are just refreshing and delightful.   


Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies
adapted from The Olive Harvest Cookbook

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals.  Set aside and let cool until lukewarm.  Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and cinnamonIn a small bowl mix together the olive oil, vanilla and almond extracts.  Add this to the dry mixture.  Add the melted chocolate and stir until the mixture comes together into a uniform mass. 

Using your hands, roll the dough into ball about 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.  Bake the cookies until very lightly browned, about 25 minutes.  transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

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