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Stack of 3 olive oil and lemon cookies on a white plate with a gray napkin. Fresh lemons in the background.

Olive Oil and Lemon Cookies

These simple olive oil and lemon cookies pack a major WOW factor. Light and fluffy, soft and chewy, this cookie recipe is bursting with fresh lemon flavor. A great soft batch cookie for any dessert table. Even makes an EPIC ice cream sandwich. You may question your loyalty to chocolate chip after tasting these. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup high quality olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat sugar and olive oil until smooth. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. 

  4. Turn mixer speed to low and slowly add in dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined. 

  5. Scoop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper using a 1.25 oz scoop. Baking for 15-18 minutes until cookies are golden. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. 

  6. To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. If the mixture seems too thick to drizzle, add additional lemon juice until desired consistency is achieved. Pour over cookies. 

Nutrition Facts
Olive Oil and Lemon Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.