Chocolate & Olive Cookies


The intense flavor of cocoa powder complements oil-cured black olives in these shortbread cookies. Try them while sipping red wine.

Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into chunks, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, preferably a fruity one

  • cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • cup chopped pitted oil-cured black olives


  1. Sift flour, cornstarch, and cocoa powder together into a bowl. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper with an electric mixer about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add yolk; beat for another minute, scraping down bowl as needed. Add dry ingredients all at once, beating on low speed until you have moist curds. (After a minute or two of mixing, you might get discouraged the dough will look dry and shaggy but keep mixing, and it will moisten. You are done mixing when you can squeeze some of the curds and they hold together easily.) Using a flexible spatula, stir in the olives.

  2. Turn dough out, and knead briefly to bring it together; divide in half. Roll each half into an 8- to 81/2-inch log. Wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for at least 1 hour.

  3. Position racks to divide oven in thirds; preheat to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with one log at a time, use a thin sharp knife to cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place the slices an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  4. Bake cookies for 15 to 17 minutes (rotate baking sheets top to bottom and front to back after 8 minutes) or until just firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets 3 minutes. (They are fragile when warm, so don't lift them until they've cooled a bit.) Carefully transfer to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

36 Calories
2g Fat
4g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Calcium 2.4mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 9.2mg 0%
Folate, total 5.4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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