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A Fail and a Success: Cocoa (Chocolate) Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies

Baking at Home: Cocoa (Chocolate) Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies

In my ongoing quest to clean out my pantry, I had planned on using up a bag of vegan carob chips that I had bought; however, I had forgotten exactly when I had bought them (first sign of bad things to come?). I had bookmarked this lovely chocolate olive oil crinkle cookie recipe at Nook & Pantry to try; I measured out all my wet and dry ingredients, and was preparing to melt down the carob chips and found that they would NOT FRIGGIN MELT.

I had originally been patient and put them in a makeshift double boiler and after a good 10 minutes all I had to show for my efforts was a chalky, brown-grey, caulk-like paste that didn’t look appetizing at all. Undaunted, I decided to throw it into the microwave and heat it in short bursts, and even when my chips continued to dry out I threw in a tablespoon of coconut oil in a half-hearted attempt to save the chips.

In the end, the carob chips remained dry and pasty (they probably had dried out a long time ago), so I ended up reverting to an old kitchen tip that had you substitute 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of oil for every ounce of chocolate in a recipe. It was my first time trying this technique and in the end, the cookies came out just fine!

These cookies are chewy, rich in chocolate flavor and keep quite well; after a week in the fridge they’re still chewy and delicious. Not to mention heart-healthy with the use of olive oil instead of butter. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Baking at Home: Cocoa (Chocolate) Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies

Cocoa (Chocolate) Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies
What you’ll need:

  • 30 g (6 Tablespoons) natural cocoa
  • 60 ml (4 Tablespoons) extra virgin organic olive oil
  • 90 g (1/2 cup) raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 75g (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons) whole-wheat pastry flour (can substitute all-purpose here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 30 g (1/4 cup) confectioner’s sugar for decoration
The procedure:

Whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

Whisk together the olive oil, sugar and instant espresso powder until well combined. Beat the egg with the vanilla extract lightly and add it to the olive oil mixture.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Place dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to firm up; this makes rolling the cookie dough into balls easier.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl.

Roll dough into balls (about a tablespoon amount per ball); then roll each ball in the confectioner’s sugar, making sure all parts of the ball are covered. Place dough on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Use hands to lightly press down on the balls to flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Cookies will crack open while baking and when done will still look a bit shiny in the cracks. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for 5 minutes to firm up slightly before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep at room temperature in a airtight container for a few days; after that, feel free to place in the fridge (if they last that long).

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17 comments
  1. Vicky says: June 12, 200910:27 am

    we rolled them in coconut instead of confectioner’s sugar, delicious!

  2. Bev says: October 16, 20095:37 am

    I made these egg free too and they were amazing! I used half of this mixture: http://www.veganrepresent.com/forums/showpost.php?p=255954&postcount=9 to replace the egg.

    I have been looking for a decent egg and dairy free cookie for my allergy prone sone for ages and these are delicous!

  3. Pinjing says: October 25, 20097:12 am

    @Vicky and Bev: I’m so glad that it worked out for the both of you!

  4. Nou says: November 18, 20094:47 pm

    My baby is allergic to dairy and soy – limiting what I eat. I have been jonesing for a good chocolate cookie for months. Making these tonight.

    • Pinjing says: November 19, 20097:06 pm

      @Nou: I hope that you enjoy these!

    • Nou says: November 20, 20098:51 am

      I made these and they were delicious. I was too desperate for a cookie to wait 2 hours so I just plopped tablespoons of the gooey dough on parchment and sprinkled with confectioners sugar. It worked fine but was very messy. Next time I will be more patient.
      These had a really nice flavor and were not too sweet. Everyone loved them from the adults down to the kids. The texture is chewy and satisfying. I see no reason to use butter when you can get such a great result with olive oil.

      • Pinjing says: November 20, 20097:07 pm

        @Nou: I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I too am a fan of not-too-sweet desserts (though I will partake in a heavily frosted cupcake from time to time).

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  6. Queen of Mayhem says: April 29, 20108:34 am

    I’ve made these before! They don’t last very long :)

  7. Barbara says: August 29, 201010:58 am

    Amazing!!! I was looking for an olive oil cookie recipe for a cold late-august evening in Poland and this recipe surpassed what I had been hoping for :)))) so quick & delicious, thank you for sharing this!

    • Pinjing says: September 2, 20107:07 pm

      @Barbara: I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Wendi carrisalez says: November 2, 201012:58 pm

    Mine did not crack open & were more like a regular cookie. Did I not cook them long enough? They were cooked through & had awesome flavor but were nothing like the pic. What did I do wrong? I am an awesome cook but baking… well maybe should be done by someone else in my family!! lol Any help would be sooo appreciated!!

    • Pinjing says: November 3, 201010:18 pm

      Hi Wendi! Not sure why it didn’t crackle, maybe the shaping you did was a little different, or maybe the hydration was a little higher (more oil or water might have made them less prone to cracking open) If they were cooked through and tasted fine, then it doesn’t matter :) as long as you enjoyed them!

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  10. B says: June 13, 201111:43 am

    Thanks! I just made these and they turned out great & cracked beautifully.

    • Pinjing says: June 13, 201110:45 pm

      @B: I’m so glad you enjoyed them :) Thanks for trying the recipe.

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