Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

I do believe I’ve had a love-affair with cookies my whole life.  Friends who knew me growing up can attest to the fact that I ate cookies for breakfast most days. Well why not. Back in the day I could plow through bags of Oreo’s, Mallowmars and Chips Ahoy cookies, but I’ve come a long way, baby!

Once I began making cookies from scratch there was no turning back for me. I don’t think I’ve eaten a packaged cookie in years. I just lost my taste for them. I don’t want to eat anything with high fructose corn syrup, partially (why partially) hydrogenated soybean oil or artificial flavors in it.

Don’t misunderstand me. It’s not that a homemade cookie is health food. It’s still butter, sugar and flour, and full of calories. However, if one is going to indulge, and one is going to indulge in moderation, then you’ve got to eat the real thing. When I bake at home, I try to use the best ingredients I can find. Good quality vanilla, chocolate chips, and butter result in a very tasty end product. And you guys agree with me that it’s all about the flavor.

Anyway, I’ve been making these soft and chewy Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon & Thyme for several years now. Why, because they wallop you with flavor. I use the best quality oil oil I have, and farmer’s market fresh lemons and thyme. One bite  takes me back to the green, rolling hills of Tuscany covered in olive trees. Okay, a bit overly dramatic…but you get the picture.

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon & Thyme

Adapted from 805 Magazine, September 2009

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Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

Makes 32-36 cookies

Recipe: Easy

35 thoughts on “Olive Oil Cookies with Lemon and Thyme

  1. I’m with the other taste novices here; this combination is totally new to me and sounds heavenly. Thank goodness for your cookie obsession!

  2. I’m intrigued by the olive oil and the thyme. Even though I’m trying to lose weight I think I will try this for a special occasion. I’ve pinned the recipe to my Pinterest site.

  3. going to try these today in honor of the last few days of cool weather. I use my attached garage to cool my baked goods. It also sounds refreshing for summer with Iced tea! thank you!

  4. I came across this recipe in a Google search. Just pulled my first batch out of the oven and they are DELICIOUS! And surprising chewy. I look forward to trying some more of your recipes.

  5. Hallo, I write from Italy.
    I’ve already tried a couple of olive oil cookies recipes, but I was looking for something better.
    Then I found your recipe on pinterst and cookies looked so nice I give it a try. I didn’t have thyme but I had a nice orange extra virgin olive oil and some delicious oranges. Cookies come terrific, this recipe is definitely going to be on my cookbook. Thank you.

  6. I have a local olive mill who produces a Meyer Lemon Olive Oil that I love , how do you think it would work in these cookies? Maybe eliminate the lemon juice since the olive oil is pretty powerful? I have to be very gentle when using it or it will over power dishes with lemon. Thanks for assistance.

    1. Hi Noell, the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil sounds amazing! I don’t know if I would eliminate all the lemon juice, but the only way to find out is to give the recipe a try. If you make the cookies, let me know how they turn out!

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