Sugar Cookies

Baking with olive oil instead of butter transforms the traditional sugar cookie, giving it an extra kick of sweet flavor and a healthier profile.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup Bella Oliva Lemon or Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange rind
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • extra sugar for dipping

Preheat oven to 325°. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Combine eggs, EVOO, vanilla, and lemon or orange rind in a large mixing bowl and beat well. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Stir in flour until just mixed. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten cookies with the greased bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer immediately to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers.
Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

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