My friend Christina makes delicious deserts, and cookies, oh my, so so good. She also runs Mamis Kidsen teaching little kiddos how to bake. Not long ago I tried her olive oil cookies, they were such a beauty, the cocoa flavour was subtle and the oil taste was fine and not at all overwhelming. I asked for the recipe and while mine are miles and miles away from hers they still make for a nice tea or coffee treat.
Ingredients (makes 12-16 cookies)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp a.p. flour
2 tbsp good quality cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp yeast
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fine brown sugar
1/2 confectionery sugar
Sift and mix your dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, cocoa, yeast). In a separate bowl mix the sugar, egg, olive oil and vanilla. You can do this by hand. Add the dry ingredients and mix. Don't overmix it, but make sure everything is well combined. Put the mixture in the fridge for about an hour to set.
Pre heat oven to 180ºC and line your baking pan with some vegetable baking paper. Take the cookie dough out and make little balls with your hands, not too big. Sprinkle the confectionery sugar on top and place on the baking sheet. Leave enough space between each cookie as they will grow in the oven.
Place n the oven and let then bake for 10 -12 minutes, you want them to be crispy on the outside and soft inside. Take them out and let them cool on a cooling rack.