How to Jam #7: Olive Oil Thumbprint Cookies with Blood Orange Marmalade

These cookies are not exactly healthfood, but they're delicious and butter free. I love using olive oil in baking, it adds a rich luster and smooth texture that's cakey and lightly crisped. These cookies are delicious and almost savory, which is perfect with the tangy and intense blood orange marmalade. Olive Oil Thumbprint Cookies with Blood Orange Marmalade

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus a little for the sheet
  • 3/4 cup milk ( you can substitute red wine for a more savory cookie)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 four-ounce jar Blood Orange Marmalade

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients. Beat the eggs with the olive oil and milk.  Stir the liquid mix into the dry one, just until well combined; if the mixture is stiff, add a little more milk. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet, make an imprint in each one with your thumb and spoon in 1 teaspoon marmalade. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

UncategorizedLaena McCarthy