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Saffron Olive Oil Cookies with Orange Glaze

Yes, I’ve been on an olive oil kick recently. What can I say – it’s healthy and makes baked goods so light and delicate! And as a Mark Bittman devotee, when I came across this recipe and saw it incorporated olive oil, saffron and citrus I knew I had to give it a try. An unlikely combination in a baked good but I promise it is successful and even the picky will enjoy it.

Saffron Olive Oil Cookies with Orange Glaze

The result is a moist, pillowy cookie with a subtle taste of saffron.

So pillow. Much wow!

The cookies are just barely sweet so I decided to add an orange glaze (this recipe, but with 3x the orange juice) to give it a bit of sweetness and tang.

What’s your favorite unexpected food combination?

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  • Anonymous March 1, 2014, 10:10 am

    I would like a few boxes of these cookies. Do you ship to Timbuktu?

    How about cardamom, orange zest and olive oil?

    • ahu March 2, 2014, 11:36 am

      I’m sure it can be arranged! That combo sounds delicious!

  • Anonymous March 1, 2014, 10:10 am

    Not sure if I like the puffy cookies or the pretty piccies more!! When shall I bring my posse over to b-p-c for a tasting ceremony?!!!!!!!


  • Cocoa and Lavender March 1, 2014, 10:45 am

    What a perfect combination of favors! And the texture looks pretty amazing, too!

    As for unusual combinations, my current odd combination is a banana curry from the Caribbean. But once I find an odd combination, if I like it, it ceases to be unusual. Do you find that as well? ~ David

    • ahu March 2, 2014, 11:37 am

      That sounds amazing, and you are totally right… 🙂

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    • ahu March 2, 2014, 11:37 am

      Thanks will take a look!

  • Tima March 1, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I am not a cookie person, but these look so good. I’ll make the tea, you bring the cookies..

  • Sippity Sup March 3, 2014, 8:45 pm

    The unexpected sweet taste I love recently was almonds and saffron in a tasty little pie! GREG

  • Angie Schneider March 5, 2014, 7:02 am

    These cookies look sensational, Ahu. love the orange glaze.

    • ahu March 12, 2014, 9:45 pm

      Thank you Angie – they are unique! I hope you like them if you try them! 🙂

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