Rosemary Olive Oil Cookies

I realized yesterday afternoon that the new cookie sheets that I got for Christmas had been sitting off to the side, all wrapped up and unused. Since we were fresh out of Sachertorte, I decided that I wanted cookies and, specifically, olive oil cookies.

I found a New York Times Recipe of the Day recipe for Olive Oil Cookies with rosemary and black pepper. All flavors that I love, combined with a comparatively small amount of sugar made these cookies super appealing, and since I had all of the ingredients in the house, I went for it.

cookie ingredients

There was no lemon in the recipe; it was in other recipes and somehow it got in the photo. However, I would add lemon zest the next time. I think it would work wonders with the other flavors.

measuring cups

I started off with all of my dry ingredients, including rosemary and black pepper. The smell of fresh chopped rosemary reminds me of a spa. Lovely. . .

As I measure and mix, I now always keep in mind learning to bake at King Arthur Flour this past fall. I learned SO much that I bring to my at home baking.


Once the dry ingredients were blended, I added in the liquid ingredients. I actually ended up subbing milk for the red wine in the recipe, which it suggested as an alternative. We all know that I have more than enough wine in the house, but I just thought the red wine was a strange addition. I think I will give it a try next time.

cookie dough

The recipe said that it made about two dozen. I ended up with 18. Smile My cookies were pretty big, but that’s okay. One or two makes the perfect snack.

And my, are they delicious! Moist, a little dense, and fragrant, with a kick of black pepper every now and then, these cookies could use a lot MORE black pepper. As I mentioned above, lemon would fit in perfectly with these cookies.

olive oil rosemary cookies

I had two right away and two later in the evening. Because these are not super sweet, they are ideal for those of us who don’t have a sweet tooth.

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  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus a little for cookie sheet
  • 3/4 cup , or a little more, dry red wine
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients. Beat the eggs with the olive oil and wine. Use a rubber spatula to stir the liquid mix into the dry one, just until well combined; if the mixture is stiff, add a little more wine.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and back 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool a couple of minutes, then remove the cookies to a rack to cool further.

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Tags: baking, cookies, Food, olive oil, rosemary

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Even though I have an obscenely large sweet tooth, I also love more savory baked goods, especially those made with herbs. Quick question, how many cookies did you get from this batch?


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I only got 18 large cookies. It is supposed to make around 40! I need a scooper or something to make more uniform, small cookies.


    2. megan @ whatmegansmaking’s avatar

      I love unique cookies like this. So different! I have a huge sweet tooth, but occasionally cookies like this appeal to me…like right now :)


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I may just be eating some right now with coffee :)


      2. Shannon’s avatar

        Bookmarked! These look & sound great!


      3. Michelle’s avatar

        I seriously think that you and I have similar palates when it comes to spice and desserts. This looks fabulous and something I am craving right now!


      4. Blog is the New Black’s avatar

        Love the idea of a savory cookie! I’m a Boston gal myself! ;)


      5. Daisy’s avatar

        fantastic recipe! laughing at the little lemon that got caught in between the ingredients, and then the fact that you wished you used it after all!


      6. Kate @’s avatar

        Ooooh savory cookies?!? I love it! Thank you for sharing the recipe!


      7. Roxan’s avatar

        Ha ha, I love how that rogue lemon got into the picture. Sneaky!
        These cookies look lovely, and I love that rosemary is used in them. I’ve been wanting to try an olive oil baked good for a while now… It sound delicious.


      8. Jason Phelps’s avatar

        I had rosemary in two kinds of cookies last year and was amazed at how well it works. I haven’t done it myself yet but I do love the flavor so it really is only a matter of time!



      9. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

        I love rosemary in cookies – adds such wonderful smells and flavor!


      10. Brian @ howtobaker’s avatar

        I love rosemary olive oil in bread but never thought of adding it to cookies! The idea of a savory cookie sounds enticingly good.


      11. Megan’s avatar

        I end up with phantom ingredients in my pictures sometimes too… or as is more often the case, missing ingredients.

        Awesome flavors in these cookies, and I bet you’re right about the lemon.

        (And yes, cookie scoops are lifesavers!)


      12. Steph@stephsbitebybite’s avatar

        What an interesting little cookie. I don’t think I’ve ever had a savory cookie like this before, but it sounds super yummy! I too have some Christmas baking gifts that I need to put to good use!


      13. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

        I would never think to use those ingredients in cookies. They sound interesting. I couldn’t do with a lot of pepper though!


      14. Justin’s avatar

        Leah loves rosemary, I can’t wait to try these out. Neither one of us has a huge sweet tooth, so these sound perfect.


      15. Keaton’s avatar

        These look fantastic! I wonder how they would taste if I substituted Basil for the Rosemary and added lemon?


      16. Sues’s avatar

        I love this idea for a cookie! And because they’re not super sweet, I have a feeling I’d be eating a TON of them at a time :)


      17. Leeanne’s avatar

        this is so funny – I just did a story on a CT company that makes savory cookies with black olive, smoked onion, roasted leeks and other herbs and spices.,0,1722213.story


      18. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit’s avatar

        These look fantastic, and so original. I’m for SURE trying these out. Probably wont be able to resist adding in some lemon.

        How awesome is it that I’m posting after another Leeanne? That never happens!


      19. Lauren’s avatar

        Mmm! I’ve never made savory cookies but these look so easy and yummy. Nicely done :)


      20. alicia’s avatar

        Yum, love rosemary in cookies. I really like when there is a combo of sweet and savory in my coookies!


      21. Alison’s avatar

        Will have to try these!


      22. Jennifer’s avatar

        These look amazing – definitely going to have to try these!


      23. class factotum’s avatar

        I don’t know what I did wrong, but my batter was soupy. I added more flour. That only made it taste like flour! I had to throw away the entire batch!


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I am sorry to hear that! :(


        2. Barbara Chojnacki’s avatar

          I’ve been searching for this recipe for a long time. My aunt made them one Christmas and I was instantly addicted! Thank you!!!


        3. Patrick’s avatar

          Did you add red wine per the recipe or did you use milk (as there is a jug of milk, not a bottle of red wine in the picture)?


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Thanks for commenting! As I mentioned, I will try red wine the next time. I wasn’t quite sure this time around!


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