Micki Sannar created a very healthy dessert cookbook that features an ingredient I’d previously never thought of when baking desserts- olive oil! Olive Oil Desserts features dozens of delectable recipes that replace trans fats with olive oil without sacrificing taste (which, let’s be real here, is what matters for dessert!!). Cakes, Cookies & Bars, Muffins & Sweet Breads, and Pies & Crisps are the different ‘chapters’ in this cookbook, with dozens of mouth watering images to tempt you even further beyond the recipes themselves.
Olive Oil Dessert FACTS
I’ve used applesauce to replace oil for years in many of my baking recipes, but it honestly never occurred to me to think of olive oil as a substitute. I think I started using the applesauce to reduce the fat content of the baking, and have always associated olive oil with cooking. But why not use olive oil? It is well known for its heart-healthy properties, so if you are going to use a fat, why not a healthy fat?
A New Toll Cookie
2/3 cup……………….. pure olive oil
3/4 cup………………. granulated sugar
3/4 cup………………. brown sugar, packed
2 large……………… eggs
2 teaspoons………. pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon………… butter extract
1 tablespoon…….. milk
2 1/2 cups……………. flour
1 teaspoon………… baking soda
1 teaspoon………… salt
1 cup………………… semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup………………… chopped pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat large
cookie sheets with olive oil cooking spray.
2. In a mixer bowl add olive oil, sugar, and
brown sugar. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Beat in eggs, vanilla & butter extracts, and milk.
3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Blend well.
4. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop
by tablespoonfuls or medium size cookie scoop
onto prepared cookie sheets.
5. Bake 9~11 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Want to try baking vegan? Micki has some recommendations for vegan substitutions in this book. A very nice touch!
I’m anxious to try the Blueberry Streusel and Lemony Squares with Blueberries this summer when our blueberry bushes start producing our berries- perhaps it will be a new family tradition- picking the berries, washing them, and then baking with some of them!
Want to grab a copy for yourself? You can buy Olive Oil Desserts right on Micki’s site, and it is also available on Amazon.com and QVC.com.
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