Double Chocolate Cookies with Olive Oil

The other day I picked up a copy of our grocery store’s magazine, My Texas Life. It’s the issue with the father and son in a boat on front, and it’s where I found today’s recipe – Texas Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies.  They’re made with light olive oil, and since I’d had good luck making brownies with olive oil, I was eager to try the cookies.

Olive Oil Cookies

The only change I made to the original recipe was to halve it, and I may or may not have added some extra chocolate chips because I didn’t measure. I thought about leaving out the pecans, but I’m glad I went ahead and added them because they work well with the texture of this cookie which is just dry enough to be the perfect backdrop for loads of chocolate and nuts.  These were very good even though mine didn’t appear quite the same as those in the photo which you can see in the online version of My Texas Life.

Speaking of my Texas life, things have been kind of stressful here for reasons I can’t go into, but the happy light at the end of the tunnel is the new kitchen! Here’s what it looked like a week ago. I’ll post some newer photos later.

Kitchen Picture

UPDATE: I chilled some of the cookie batter/dough overnight. It did get considerably thicker and the cookies baked up a lot fatter. I recommend chilling the dough if you have the time.

Texas Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies with Olive Oil

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup light olive oil (or vegetable oil)
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg plus 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (H.E.B. used 375). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Skip this if you plan to chill the dough.

Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, set aside. Combine the oil, sugars and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes or until creamy. Add egg and beat for another full minute. By hand, add the flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the chips and nuts. Drop batter by 2 tablespoonfuls onto the lined cookie sheets and bake on center rack for 10-14 minutes (H.E.B. said 14-15).

Note: If you chill the dough, it will thicken and you will be able to scoop better balls of dough. I baked more cookies after a 24 hour chill (used the 375 temp) and the cookies were fatter.

Makes about 2 dozen

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  1. Louise says

    The cookies look very tasty, but more importantly, you are not going to know how to act in your new kitchen. It doesn’t take long to go from the state in the photo to complete. 🙂

  2. says

    Olive oil in cookies – now there’s a fun idea. I bet they would work just as well with other nuts although I fancy pecans personally. Can’t wait to see the pictures of your new kitchen!

  3. says

    It’s coming along! I tried to take photos today but my camera and the light wouldn’t cooperate with each other. Our builder will probably send over some better photos soon.

  4. Louise says

    When it’s complete, you can do a baking video for us from your new kitchen. 🙂

  5. says

    I’ve made ccc’s with olive oil and they were really good.

    Yay for your almost complete kitchen/home! I like the dark cabinets. Have they given you an official date?

  6. Amanda says

    These look great Anna! Looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen, lucky duck!

  7. says

    Yay! New kitchen! That’s going to be so much fun.

    These cookies sound great. I’ve always wanted to try baking with olive oil. I often seen recipes for cakes.

  8. says

    Looks like you will have a great new kitchen. I’ve used olive oil in cakes but not cookies. Sounds very good!

  9. says

    I’m in love with your kitchen! Such fun!

    I’ve been meaning to make an olive oil cake but still haven’t gotten around to it. Perhaps I’ll start with your yummy looking cookies!

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