Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust!


By Nancy Smorch

It was one of those cold fall evenings last night - the kind that was damp with occasional rain, and as the evening went on, the wind from Lake Michigan was on the rise.  The girls and I couldn’t get warm, no matter the thickness of our sweatshirts or how many blankets we cuddled in.

It was time for a fire.  I hadn’t made one in quite some time, but I didn’t want to use the fireplace, so I used the pizza oven.  We have quite a stash of wood in the garage, so I grabbed some wood and kindling and got a good fire going in no time.

Now that I was a little warmer, I could think a little more clearly about dinner and dessert.  I wanted to make something different for dessert.  I realized the other day that I used to make basic chocolate chip cookies quite often, but once I went gluten free, I started making them less and less frequently.  The other night I realized it had been weeks since I had made cookies.  It was time.

I wanted to try something a little different, though, and I was pretty sure my family would appreciate a change as well.  I was in the mood for something chocolatey.  So I grabbed my file that has a bunch of recipes I’ve printed off over the last few months or torn out of a magazine - recipes that are different from what I would normally see and ones I definitely want to try.

I came across this recipe from Butterlust Blog:  Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies.  It looked perfect - how could a cookie containing chocolate, olive oil and sea salt be anything but good?  So Frankie and I got right to work making them.

These cookies call for olive oil , which you don't see too often in sweet treats.  I've been wanting to try some sort of dessert with olive oil for quite some time and when I saw this recipe, it looked relatively easy and the combination of ingredients looked like they would work together nicely.

The only change I made in the recipe was that I used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour in place of regular flour.  Other than that minor change, I stuck close to what Butterlust suggests.

Well, I have to say, this recipe jumped right into my top 5 favorite cookies! The girls were equally thrilled with the way they turned out.  It was funny because when we all took our first bites, we just looked at each other like we couldn't believe they were that good.

I know olive oil in a cookie sounds a little strange.   But you have to give these a try!!!