Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on: December 14, 2022. Updated on: July 3, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

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These olive oil cookies are my take on everyone’s favorite ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie. Instead of butter, good-quality extra-virgin olive oil is the base, adding moisture and richness to elevate the flavor profile of this dessert. The Food Network asked me to make a cookie for them and so the recipe is on their website.

These olive oil cookies are my take on everyone’s favorite ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie. Instead of butter, good-quality extra-virgin olive oil is the base fat, adding moisture and richness and elevating the flavor profile of this dessert. While I can assure you the cookies won’t taste like salad dressing, they’ll have a gentle floral, citrusy, nutty and herbaceous undertone that complements the chocolate. To enhance the natural citrus hint the olive oil brings, I use freshly grated orange zest to flavor the cookie dough, rubbing it with the granulated sugar until the sugar turns yellow and fragrant. It’s a small step that goes a long way, adding a touch of complexity that will make you go in for another bite. Every guest I have served these to has asked for the recipe. There’s something so simple, yet so unique about them. You’re going to love these cookies. 

Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

3.9 / 5. from 80

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Servings: 9 to 12 cookies
Prep: 30min
Cook: 20min
Total: 50min

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons packed orange zest (zest of about 1 medium orange; see Cook’s Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk (70 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or orange juice
  • 220 grams (1 3/4 cups) bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 100 to 150 grams (1/3 to 1/2 cup) chocolate chips
  • Flaky salt

Instructions

  1. Add the granulated sugar, orange zest and kosher salt to a medium mixing bowl. Rub the zest, sugar and salt together using your fingers until the sugar turns pale yellow and is fragrant. Add the brown sugar, olive oil, whole egg and yolk, vanilla extract and vinegar or citrus juice. Whisk until smooth and incorporated.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda to a separate bowl. Toss the dry ingredients using a whisk or your fingers to evenly distribute the rising agents throughout the flour. Combine with the wet ingredients using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon until there are no more visible dry flour spots. Don’t overmix. Add the chocolate chips and mix to evenly distribute throughout the cookie dough. Place the cookie dough in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. While the cookie dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. The dough should have the texture of marzipan at this point; if it’s softer than that, chill for longer. Scoop 2-tablespoon portions of dough onto the baking sheet. Leave 1 1/2 to 2 inches in between each cookie. Dip a pastry brush in olive oil and lightly brush each cookie on top. (Don’t use too much; you don’t want a pool of olive oil around the cookies, just enough to coat the exterior.) Bake until golden brown, 9 to 12 minutes (see Cook’s Note). Sprinkle with flaky salt.
  5. Serve right away. Store in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days or freeze the dough up to 3 months.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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207 thoughts on "Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies"

  1. Laila says:

    Can I use granulated brown sugar instead of packed brown sugar, or would that affect the consistency of the cookie?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Laila, absolutely! Packed brown sugar just means you have to pack the cup when measuring, press the sugar in 🙂

  2. Gabriel says:

    No Food Network in Brazil ☹️
    Send the recipe, please?

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent ! Enjoy 🙂

  3. Marcela says:

    Send me the recipe please 🙏

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent! Enjoy 🙂

  4. Valeria says:

    Badly need the recipe from Italy! thank you ♥️🇮🇹love you ❤️🇮🇹

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent! Enjoy 🙂

  5. Chelsea says:

    Hi there!
    For some reason, the link does not work for me.
    Could you send the recipe please?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Sorry to hear that. I sent you an email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  6. Jules says:

    This was SO good!!! Perfect texture, complex flavor, easy and quick to make. My new favorite cookie recipe!!

    1. Carolina says:

      Thank you so much!

      1. Veronika says:

        Hi Carolina, I also can’t see the recipe on the website. Sorry for asking…
        Thank you.
        Love your work.

        Best,
        Veronika 🙂

        1. Carolina says:

          Hi Veronika,

          I’m sorry the FoodNetwork website isn’t available outside the US and so I sent it to you in your email 🙂
          Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. I hope you enjoy!

          Best,
          Carolina

      2. Jules says:

        One additional question, though. I’ve already made this recipe twice (it’s that good) and plan to make it again this week for Hanukkah. I prefer to make the dough before dinner, but then by the time I get it out of the freezer, it’s completely frozen. Any tips for this? Can I just plop it in a fridge for a few hours instead, or is freezing essential? Thank you!

        1. Carolina says:

          Hi Jules,

          I’m so glad you like the cookies! Chilling the dough for a few hours will work 🙂 You could also freeze the scooped cookies on a baking sheet and just pop them in the oven when you’re ready to bake. Happy Hanukkah!

          Best,
          Carolina

  7. Liz says:

    I unfortunately also can’t get it from Berlin 🥹 could you please send it? 🙏

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Liz,
      I sent it to your email. I hope you enjoy!

  8. Yanni Bollaert says:

    Hi there!
    For some reason, the link does not work for me.
    Could you send the recipe please?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent! Enjoy 🙂

  9. Edsana says:

    Hi Carolina,
    I can’t open the link in Sweden 🙁
    can you please send it to me?
    Thank you 😀

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Edsana from Sweden,

      I just sent it to your email. Enjoy!

  10. manu says:

    hi! I cant see the recipe! Can you send it to me? Thank you🙏🏼

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent! Happy to send it your way, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  11. Malina Balan says:

    Hiii!! I am not able to access the link, could you maybe send it to me too? Thank you!!

    1. Carolina says:

      Malina,

      Sent!

  12. Miye says:

    No food network in argentina either 🙁
    Can you please send the recepie? Thanksss

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  13. Meg says:

    Hey
    Can’t get the recipe in France either
    Could you send it to me also plese?
    Thanks!!

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  14. Molly says:

    Ahh dying to make this!! Unfortunately it’s unavailable in the UK too, please could you spare a moment to send to me also? I’d really appreciate it 🙂

    1. Carolina says:

      my pleasure. I sent it to your email 🙂

  15. Roisin says:

    Hi Carolina,

    This recipe looks so delicious and I would love to try it! Unfortunately, I can’t access the recipe, would you be able to send it to me please?

    Thank you!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Roisin,
      I sent to your email. I hope you enjoy!
      Best,
      Carolina

  16. Elena Chudomirova says:

    I am sorry, could I please ask for the recipe as well? Looks amazing.
    Greetings from Cyprus,
    Elena

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Elana,
      I just sent it to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  17. Olivia says:

    Hi!
    This recipe looks lovely! Could you send it to me by email as well please?
    Thank you very much 🙂

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent 🙂

  18. odette says:

    hello, this recipe looks amazing! could you please send the recipe by email, the link is not working for me.

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent 🙂

  19. Diego says:

    Hi, Carolina! Can’t see the recipe either. Can you send it? Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      sent:)

  20. Britta says:

    Please please can you send it to
    me too 😌

    1. Carolina says:

      Of course! Sent 🙂

  21. Lena says:

    Dear Carolina, I cannot find it either, I’d be grateful if you could send it to me, too. Thank you so much!

    1. Carolina says:

      Dear Lena,
      It’s my pleasure! I just sent you an email and hope you enjoy them 🙂
      Best,
      Carolina

  22. Rebecca says:

    Oh I’d love to make these! Can you please send me the recipe? Warm greetings from Frankfurt/Germany

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      I just sent you an email with the recipe. Thank you for the warm greetings!
      Best,
      Carolina

  23. Helena says:

    Hi! I love you’re recipes but the link doesn’t work in Italy! Would you send me the recipe please? Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Helena,
      Recipe sent 🙂
      Best,
      Carolina

  24. Bisera says:

    Can I have the recipe, i would be happy to make them 🫠

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent to your email, enjoy:)

  25. Andrei says:

    Hello!
    Greetings from România. 🙂
    The link doesen’t work here either. Can you send me the receipe ?
    Multumesc.

    1. Carolina says:

      sent! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  26. Ally says:

    Hi Carolina,

    I also can’t access the recipe :(. Can you please send it via email? Thanks in advance!!

    1. Carolina says:

      HI Ally,
      Sent 🙂

  27. Anastasia says:

    Hi dearest!
    Please kindly send the recipe as well 🙂
    Have a pleasant day!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Anastasia,
      I just sent to your email. I hope you have a great day and enjoy the recipe 🙂

      Best,
      Carolina

  28. Paola says:

    Italy, Page not found 😢 could you be so kind to send me the recipe? Thanks a lot ❤️

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Paola,
      I just sent to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  29. Bianca says:

    Hello! the website is not working, could you please send me the recipe? thank you!

    1. Carolina says:

      HI Bianca,
      I just sent to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  30. Giota says:

    Hi Carolina, could i have the recipe as well?

    Thank you!

    1. Carolina says:

      HI Giota,
      I just sent to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  31. Martina Nikolli says:

    Hi I love this can I get the receipe as well? Thanks xx

    1. Carolina says:

      HI Martina,
      I just sent to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  32. Ilana Bramms says:

    Hi, sorry to bother i also can’t see the recipe on the website. Could you send it to me please 🙏
    Thank you.
    Absolutely love your work !!

    Xo, ilana

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi ilana,

      It’s no bother at all and thank you for the compliment. I appreciate you being here and I hope you enjoy the recipes.
      I just emailed it to you.

      Best,
      Carolina

  33. Dessa says:

    Ciao from Italy, just happily subscribed! Could you kindly send me a recipe of this glory?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Dessa,

      Thank you so much for subscribing and welcome to the club. I just sent you the recipe to your email.
      Best,
      Carolina

  34. Martina Nikolli says:

    Hi Carolina,can i get the receipe please? 🙂

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent to your email 🙂

  35. Ania says:

    Hi, please send me the recipe, no in Poland😭 the cookies look so delicious. I always used a butter. Thanks in advance. Merry Xmas

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Ania,
      I just sent to your email. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  36. Daniel says:

    Hi,

    I’m in UK and can’t see, would you be able to email me recipe?

    Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent! 🙂

  37. Karin says:

    I‘m from Germany and i would love to try the receipe!
    Can you send it via Email please, i cannot find it anywhere 🙁
    Thank you!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Karin,
      I just sent to your email.Enjoy:)

      Best,
      Carolina

  38. Helena Kritis says:

    Coucou! Would love to get the recipe as well, no access from Belgium sadly. Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Helena,
      I just sent to your email. Enjoy:)

      Best,
      Carolina

  39. A says:

    Can’t get the recipe in Spain. Can you send the recipe, please? Why do they do that? 🙁

    1. Carolina says:

      I wish I knew why. I just sent to your email.

      Best,
      Carolina

  40. Noel says:

    Hi,
    The website is not available in my country. Could you send it to me please 🙏
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  41. Noel says:

    Hi,
    The website is not available in my country, could you sent it to me please?
    Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Noel,
      I just sent to your email. Enjoy:)

      Best,
      Carolina

  42. Laila says:

    I cannot find the recipe, pls send it to me. Thanks!!

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  43. Francine says:

    Please sent the recipe, would like to bake the cookies for Chanukah.

    1. Carolina says:

      Email Sent!
      Happy Hanukkah,
      Carolina

  44. Inês says:

    Hello!
    Could you send me the recipe, please? Looks amazing!

    1. Carolina says:

      sent:)

  45. Martha says:

    Hi Carolina! I also can’t access the link 🙁 could you please send? Can’t wait to make them this afternoon

    1. Carolina says:

      sent:)

  46. miri says:

    Hiya !! the link isn’t working in the uk, would love to try these so could u send it to me ? x

    1. Carolina says:

      Sent 🙂

  47. Jorunn says:

    I have loved your previous olive oil recipes, and this looks so delicious! I’m not in the US, could you please send it to me as well?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Jorunn,

      I just sent you an email. enjoy 🙂

  48. Sandra says:

    Hi, sadly the link doesn’t work. Could you send it to me?

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  49. Stella says:

    I also can’t find the recipe 🙁 can you send it?

  50. Vyara says:

    Hi, I don’t seem to have access to the recipe, could you send it please?

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  51. Veronica Dossi says:

    Looks like a delicious recipe!
    Unfortunately from Italy I can’t access the link too 🙁
    Could you please send it to me as well?

    Thank you, love your recipes 💘

    1. Carolina says:

      sent:)

  52. Stephanie says:

    hi!
    it doesn’t work for me neither 😉 can you send it to me please ?
    thank you!!!
    stephanie

    1. Carolina says:

      sent 🙂

  53. Joana Calado says:

    Hey Carolina! I also can’t see the recipe (portuguese fan over here), could you send it to me? I wanted to bake these cookies as a Christmas present 🎄

  54. Isabel says:

    also can’t find recipe… please send? thank you !! <3

  55. Mariana says:

    Hi!! I’ve been looking for the recipe for some time now, but no Food Network in Germany 🙁 Could you please send it to me?

    1. Giorgia says:

      Hii, unfortunately the website doesn’t work here in Italy, but I wanted to make these for Christmas, can you please send the recipe to my email? Thank you so much 💘

  56. Elena says:

    Hi Carolina! I made these and they were delicious, but didn’t come out flat like in the picture. Do you usually flatten them a little before baking?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Elena,

      Yes, if that happens, feel free to flatten the top a little before baking, that will certainly fix the problem 🙂

  57. Teodora Cowie says:

    Bună, Carolina! Aș fi tare recunoscătoare dacă mi-ai trimite rețeta! Mulțumesc și Salutari din Norvegia!

  58. Rita says:

    Sorry but the email I wrote in the message above was incorrect!

  59. Inês says:

    I would love to have the recipe! I can’t find it
    Thanks

  60. Filipa says:

    helloo, I’m also unable to access the recipe from Portugal, could you please send it to me?
    truly appreciate your content, happy holidays

  61. Léa says:

    Hello! I don’t think the website works in my country either. Could send me the recipe please?

    Thank you! and happy holidays 🙂

  62. Gillian Harris says:

    Hi Carolina im outside the US and currently in Spain. Can’t see the recipe? Could you email it please? – they look so good! Thanks so much. Gill x

  63. Irving García says:

    Hii, im unable to access to the recipe, could you send it to me ? Please , and thanks, happy holidays , im q a huge fan !

  64. Mar says:

    Hi, I can’t find the recipe in the MExico’s website. CAn you send it please ? Super fan of yoou btw !!! <3

  65. Charlotte L Kane says:

    Hi. Based in Ireland and can’t open the recipe. Can you share it please ☺️

  66. Kristen Peña says:

    Hi! Can I use cane sugar instead of brown sugar?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Kristen,

      Unfortunately, you wouldn’t get the same texture without the thicker brown sugar.

      Best,Carolina

  67. Karina says:

    Sorry, I cant see the recipie. Could you send it to me

    Thank you

    1. Carolina says:

      oh course, sent 🙂

  68. Franziska Jacobsen says:

    I’m from Germany and can’t open the recipe, could you send it to me as well? 🙂

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Franziska,

      I just sent, enjoy!

  69. Megan says:

    Hello! Can you please send me the recipe? I can’t find it on food network either.

    1. Carolina says:

      sent the recipe 🙂

  70. Anto says:

    Hello Carolina! I’m writing you from Argentina and I’ve read the recipe isn’t available outside the US. Could you please email it? Would be amazing make them for holidays 🙂

    1. Lisbet says:

      Can I get the recipe?

      1. Carolina says:

        of course! I just sent, enjoy 🙂

  71. Maya says:

    Please can I have the recipe 🙂

  72. Roxy says:

    Hi Carolina,

    Can you please send me the receipe as well?

    Kind regards, Roxanne

  73. Greys says:

    Hi, Carolina! Could u please send me the recipe? Thank u in advance

  74. Yoana says:

    Hey, I would love to try these 🙂 Unfortunately the recipe is unavailable to me. I will highly appreciate if you send it to me! Thanks!

  75. Victoria says:

    Dear Carolina,

    could you please send me the recipe for these cookies?
    Thank you in advance! 🙂

  76. Nerea says:

    Hi Carolina! I don’t know why but the link isn’t working for me🥲

  77. Lucie says:

    Hiz! I plan on making this very soon. Can I use regular all purpose flour instead of bread flour? Is there a difference in texture?

    1. Carolina says:

      great question! the bread flour will give you a chewier texture on the cookies, so if it’s not too much fuss, I’d try to use that. you could use all-purpose flour, but you’ll end up with a cakier, more tender cookies 🙂

  78. Carla says:

    Can’t see the recipe, i’m from Spain. Could you please send it? Thank you 🙏🏻

    1. Carolina says:

      of course 🙂 sent!

  79. Peter says:

    Hi there, the link doesnt work. Could you send the recipe?

  80. Dionysis says:

    Hey there! Greek fan here 👋🏼 if it’s not too much trouble can I have the recipe too??
    Thank you in advance ✨✨

  81. Gab says:

    No access to the recipe 🙁 could you send it please?

  82. Maria says:

    Hi, I really want to try these out, but the link is not working for me either. If you could send it that would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  83. Kam says:

    Hi!
    The link doesnt seem to work.
    Please could I get the recipe?
    Thanks
    Kam

  84. Sh says:

    Hey! I cannot find the recipe, the link doesn’t work somehow!

    1. Carolina says:

      sent to your email!

  85. Sophie Meltzer says:

    i tried making these and the flavor was just out of this world ! however, for some reason my cookies did not flatten at all. i followed the recipe to a T. so curious what happened, as i would love to try again for the desired consistency/result, but don’t know what to do differently. any ideas on what i could try, in order to get them to slump, and not so cakey ?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Sophie,
      I’m sorry you had that issue and I am just getting back to you now! My first thought would be to flatten the cookies before baking and also add a little less baking powder. Maybe the baking powder I am working with was a little weaker than the one you have. I hope this helps and the cookies turn out great, keep me posted!

      Carolina

      1. Sophie Meltzer says:

        Thanks so much for your response. I tried this and they came out beautifully ! This is my new staple CC cookie recipe- it’s wonderful !

  86. Marina Peter says:

    Hey there I really wanna try this recipe. It seems super cool and interesting.😍 I can not find the recipe though can you also send it to me??😍

    1. Carolina says:

      just sent your way 🙂

  87. Montse says:

    Hi Carolina, first of all, thanks for creating and sharing your amazing cooking with us.

    Unfourtunately I could not see the recepie either.

  88. Daniel Alejandro says:

    Hi Caroline.
    I can’t wait to taste it!
    Could you send the recipe?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Daniel,
      Just sent 🙂

  89. tybe says:

    could you possibly send the recipe? thank you 🙂

  90. xan says:

    hello! please could you send me the recipie? thank you 🙂

  91. Filiz says:

    Hi Carolina, could you send the recipe of delicious cookie.
    Thanks

    1. Carolina says:

      absolutely! Just sent your way 🙂

  92. María says:

    Hi Carolina, i’m from Spain and the recepie is not available here. I will very appreciate if you could send me the recepie as i’m so excited to try them.
    Love your content and thank you so much!!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Maria,

      Ahhh Thank you so much! I just sent you an email, hope you enjoy them 🙂

  93. Andrea says:

    Hey, could u send me the recipe of the cookies? thank u!

    1. Carolina says:

      of course! I just sent to you

  94. Victoria O. says:

    Hello

    Would love to see the recipe 🙂
    The link is dead on the Food Network, and I can’t find it anywhere… 🙁

    Could you please send it to me?

    Thanks a lot for all your delicious recipes <3

  95. KK says:

    Hi! So sorry to be the 73823 person to ask, but would you mind sending the recipe? 🙂 thank you so much!

  96. KK says:

    Hi! I‘m so sorry, I’m not sure if my question from earlier was removed. I would be grateful if you could provide me with the recipe 🙂 thank you!

  97. Flor says:

    Hi Carolina! Love each one of your recipes, could I please have this one?? Thank you thank you thank you

  98. Niki says:

    This looks so yummy I want to make it for Christmas! May I ask why you use bread flour instead of all purpose flour?

  99. Eshi says:

    This recipe is so good- thank you!! I’ve made it twice in a week and the second time, subbed the orange zest for ground cardamom. It was delicious!

    1. Carolina Gelen says:

      That makes me so happy!