I am back at work today after a glorious holiday. I am tired (my flight was a bit delayed), cold (where is the sunshine?!) and a little bit grumpy (okay, quite a lot grumpy).

A couple of weeks ago, I had to go on a training course for work where, incidentally, I learnt how to pass a lie detector test (not that, I should make it clear, my job has anything to do with lie detector tests at all). Apart from that, the highlight of the day was the cookies that we were served during the morning break. They were insanely rich with an intense chocolate flavour, a crisp outside and an oozing middle. Pretty much cookie perfection.

I couldn’t stop think about the cookies so I emailed the venue and asked if the chef would mind sharing the recipe. While I was waiting for him to reply, I decided to whip up a batch of Nigella’s totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies with a few small trademark changes. The most notable of which was swapping out the butter for a good smooth olive oil. It works like a dream with the dark chocolate.  I did also reduce the amount of chocolate chips that the recipe calls for because I am an idiot (and because I wasn’t sure that a batch of 18 cookies really required nearly 500g/20 oz of chocolate…). While I was waiting for the cookies to cool, I checked my email and found a very sweet message from the pastry chef. Guess what his recipe was?

Dark chocolate and olive oil cookies
Adapted from Nigella Lawson

Yield: 16 cookies


  • 125g (5 oz)dark chocolate (I used 72%)
  • 105ml (1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
  • 75g (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) light brown soft sugar
  • 45g (3 tablespoons) unrefined caster/granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cold egg
  • 150g (1 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour
  • 30g (1/3 cup) dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100g (4 oz) dark chocolate chips

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F and line two baking trays with non-stick paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in short burst in the microwave or in a bowl over (but not touching) a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand held whisk, beat together the olive oil and sugars until creamy. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix until combined.
  4. Lightly whisk the egg with the vanilla and whisk that into the butter/sugar/chocolate mixture.
  5. Finally, fold in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips until just combined.
  6. Place tablespoons of the dough on a baking tray and bake for 15-18 minutes until the edges of the cookie are firm. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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39 Responses to "dark chocolate and olive oil cookies"
  1. Monika says:

    that is amazing:))


  2. Katherine says:

    I nearly made these after they were recipe of the day. But instead I have made our mutual friend Sarah K’s ‘more chocolate than cookie recipe’ (yep, 600g of chocolate for 20-something cookies) so these will have to wait for another day.

    I like that you made it work with the swapping of flour. And they look so pretty. Now I wish I had photographed min with ribbon instead of just shoving them in to a tin to take to work.

  3. Congratulations on the award nomination, you 100% deserve it, and you are brilliant :-) These cookies are the perfect proof of that.

  4. brandi says:

    congrats on the nod – voted!

    these cookies look so decadent. why aren’t we neighbors? :)

  5. Laura says:

    Congratulations on the Cosmo nom AND the HuffPo feature. Go you!

    I just came back from a little summer holiday too. Our flight was also delayed and kind of made for a grumpy first couple days back. I feel like a couple of these cookies would have brought me out of it though :)

  6. london bakes says:

    @Monika – Thank you very much!

    @Katherine – Ooh I’d forgotten how good those ones were. I think the recipe is on the board isn’t it? Perfect excuse to experiment with more ribbons.

    @thelittleloaf – Thank you very much! I really appreciate all the support I’ve had :)

    @brandi – Aw, now I’ll definitely have two votes (one of which is mine obviously…). I’d love to be neighbours; then you can make a layer cake for me!

    @Laura – Thank you so much! It’s been a whirlwind week :)

  7. Katherine says:

    Maybe we need to do a side by side comparison. In the interests of science.

  8. Oh stop. You know you deserve it. :) So congratulations! Both things are really neat. I’ll have to sign up so that I can vote!

    And I am definitely making these. I love that you used olive oil. And whole wheat. Lovely. And funny that the pastry chef made the very same cookies. :)

  9. Congratulations! Well deserved. :)

    These cookies look fantastic. Love the use of olive oil – it really does work so well with chocolate. I’ll definitely need to make these soon!

  10. I am always grumpy after vacations too. And congrats on being nominated, it is VERY well deserved, Kathryn, well-done! And these cookies are beyond fabulous!!

  11. london bakes says:

    @Erin – I know, I couldn’t believe that it was the same recipe that he used!

    @Melinda – It really does add a great depth of flavour to the cookies, they’re so delicious!

    @Cassie – Thank you so much friend!

  12. This recipe looks fantastic! Dark chocolate is my weakness. I am so happy I came across your blog. Great recipes and great photos! Can’t wait to subscribe and see what you come up with next!

    Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime! New blog friends are the best :)

  13. Wow, these cookies look heavenly!

  14. Doodle says:

    Congratulations on being featuring and for your Cosmo nomination – I have just voted for you – good luck!
    Thank you for this lovely sounding recipe.

  15. bakingbeardy says:

    Congratulations! I admit, as a feminist, I’m a bit side-eye at Cosmo, but it’s good they can recognise great food when they see it! (And thanks for putting these up, I know I requested them!)

  16. Spencer says:

    Those cookies look sensational! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them!

  17. that’s amazing and awesome!! congrats girl!! you’re rocking it :) :) this recipe sounds great, i had some similar to this in ice cream form and it was to die for so i can only imagine what this tastes like as a cookie!!

  18. Joanne says:

    Congrats on all your awesomeness!! You deserve every ounce of it. :)

    Ah theese cookies. I was hooked as soon as I heard “oozing middle”

  19. Returning back to work from a holiday is always the worst! But I’m sure these AH-MAZING cookies made it a bit better!

  20. london bakes says:

    @Sabrine – Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m off to check out your blog now!

    @Sprinkled with Flour – Thank you so much!

    @Doodle – Gosh, thank you so much. I appreciate it more than I can say :)

    @bakingbeardy – Lol…yes, I take your point. Maybe focus on the HuffPo instead? ;)

    @Isadora – Thank you!

    @Spencer – Ha, I would have done if I could!

    @Julie – Ooh ice cream sounds incredible!! (And thanks for your sweet words!)

    @Joanne – Thank you so much, I have been so touched by all the support I’ve had!

    @Chung-Ah – They helped a bit, I’d still rather by lying by the pool though ;)

  21. Congratulations on the Cosmo list! And the HuffPo inclusion! :) I haven’t made dessert with olive oil yet, but have been wanting to experiment. Chocolate cookies (or anything with chocolate, really) seems like the perfect thing!

  22. oh my goodness, congratulations on the Cosmo shortlist. i am beyond excited for you! and the Huffington Post feature, too. Move over Nigella! =) oh, + these cookies look absolutely amazing, but that goes without saying. =)

  23. Congrats! The Cosmo list is awesome! You are totally deserving :) And congrats on being on the Huffington post too!
    These cookies look absolutely amazing. SO funny that this was basically the recipe you were asking about!

  24. What a lovely post! You are utterly deserving of that nomination, your blog is a sure favourite of mine :) and these cookies just look AMAZING. I am on a chocolate craze right now for some reason, and these are making me crave very badly indeed.

  25. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! that is epic news (x2)!!!! you must be so chuffed! what a brilliant welcome back to the UK! you work so hard on your blog I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more! I’m heading over to vote for you now :)

  26. london bakes says:

    @Bianca – Olive oil works so nicely with chocolate but I’m a big fan of using olive oil in anything I can!

    @amy – Thank you so much, you’re so sweet :)

    @Heidi – Thanks lovely, I really appreciate your kind comments :)

    @The Procrastobaker – Thank you so much! I think the weather we’re having just demands chocolate doesn’t it?

    @Jenny – Thank you so much, I really appreciate how supportive you are!

  27. Congratulations on your shortlist! I bake a lot of chocolate cookies and have one that I consider my perfect (for me) version. But I don’t think I’ve ever made a batch with olive oil. These look fantastic so will definitely be making them soon, any excuse for more chocolate!

  28. london bakes says:

    @Fishfingersfortea – Thanks very much! You should definitely try baking your favourite recipe with olive oil as well, it adds such a great flavour!

  29. cakeboule says:

    Congrats on the nomination! What an honour :) These cookies look very moist I’ve not tried making biscuits with olive oil before so thanks for the tip.

  30. london bakes says:

    @Cakeboule – I love olive oil in baked goods, especially with dark chocolate. It’s such a perfect combination!

  31. These look like the best cookies ever! Can’t wait to try them.

  32. Miranda Ausbury says:

    The cookies look delicious. I really love how it looks. I will bake this kind of cookies on my Mom’s birthday next week. She really loves pastries. Last month, she asked for the Best Cheesecake in New york. I’ve searched for it for five days just for her.

  33. Sassafras says:

    Just made these cookies and used some blood orange olive oil that I received as a gift. Wow. So super good. My first batch got a little crumbly because I baked them too long, so I think they need to be slightly underbaked.
    Thank you for sharing!

  34. weslilewis says:

    What is on top? Is it salt? These look amazing. I’ll have to try them when I get some chocolate chips without milk.

  35. Kathryn says:

    Yup, it’s salt! I think I sprinkled a little on top before baking. I hope you like them : )

  36. Kathryn says:

    That sounds amazing!

  37. Zsuzsa says:

    I just baked these cookies and they are absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe.

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