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Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies (and a Capay Valley Ranches Giveaway!)

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

Today I’m excited to share this recipe I created in collaboration with Capay Valley Ranches®. As always, all opinions written are purely our own. We’re incredibly grateful for opportunities like these that allow us to continue sharing delicious recipes with you, so thank you for supporting us and the brands we love. OH! And be sure you don’t miss the amazing giveaway at the end of this post. :)

It shouldn’t be surprising (based on the name of this blog) that we go through a lot of olive oil. It’s our go-to oil and we couldn’t live without it (well, we could, but we wouldn’t be very happy about it). That said, I’ll admit I often overlook it for baking projects in lieu of butter. And that’s a shame, because olive oil is really underutilized when it comes to sweets.

That was my goal with these cookies: to show how well olive oil works for baking. The result is a soft and chewy sugar cookie, straight out of your dreams. They are light in texture and incredibly buttery, surprisingly so, as they are made with no butter at all.

Instead, I used Capay Valley Ranches’ Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil, and the results will delight your tastebuds, with a candy-like sweetness and lemon flavor, and just a subtle hint of olive oil shining through. My neighbor (with whom I shared some of the leftovers) described them as transcendent, and rightfully so. You may never use butter again.

GET THE RECIPE at CVRanches.com »

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

I made a version of these cookies as well with the unflavored, but ultra fruity Arbequina olive oil from CVR, and it was shocking how strongly the flavor came through even after baking. There was no denying the presence of the olive oil, and it was intriguing to say the least. While ultimately I decided the lemon version was my favorite, I definitely think the blood orange infused olive oil (that I’ve shared with you before) would be equally amazing.

Be sure to click through for your chance to win an olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift pack from Capay Valley Ranches!

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

GET THE RECIPE at CVRanches.com »

I’ve fallen in love with these olive oils and vinegars from Capay Valley Ranches (based out of the Capay valley in California’s central valley), and I know you will too. Their Arbequina varietal is a delicate oil that brings together the ripe olive aroma with a fresh fruity taste. It’s wonderfully smooth and buttery and perfect for everyday use. And their flavored varieties, along with their array of flavored vinegars, are truly special creations. All of Capay Valley Ranches’ oils are California grown certified 100% EVOO.

Capay Valley Ranches Olive Oil & Vinegar Giveaway from @loveandoliveoil

I’m excited today to be able to give away the ultimate olive oil lover’s gift set from Capay Valley Ranches. One winner will receive 4 bottles of olive oil (Arbequina, plus the Meyer Lemon, Blood Orange, and Basil infused) along with 4 bottles of their premium balsamic vinegars as well (classic Balsamic, plus Cranberry, Elderberry, and D’Anjou Pear). That’s 8 bottles for a total value of $120.

Giveaway is now closed.

Thanks for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Giveaway sponsored by Capay Valley Ranches®. As always, all opinions written are purely my own.

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

    These cookies look sunny and lovely! Inside and out.. :)

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Sadly this product doesn’t seem to be available in the UK but I really like the sound of your recipe so will look out for something similar here. If any of your followers are based in the UK and know of an alternative I’d love to hear about it.

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    Judy hd
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 5:59 am

    The blood orange oil sounds delish!

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    Beth C.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I would be hard-pressed to choose between the lemon and the blood-orange – they both sound amazing! Since cookies are ‘my thing’, I would probably make some cookies with them. :)

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    Beth C.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I also subscribe to your newsletter!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:23 am

    The blood orange olive oil sounds amazing! Your cookie look fantastic :-)

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    Sascha Alvarez
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:27 am

    basil infused olive oil

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    Sascha Alvarez
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I subscribe 

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    Molly
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I would love to try the blood orange olive oil!

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    Molly
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I am subscribed by email.  

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    Jen
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I would love to try Blood Orange in salad dressing (and maybe cookies now!)

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    Jen
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I subscribe to your newsletter!

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    Susanne
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

    The basil sounds great and would love to try over a tomato and mozzarella salad!

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    Carrie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I would use the lemon infused oil to bake my vegetables. 

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    Shanna
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I would love to try their Blood Orange olive oil. Sounds delicious!

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    Shanna
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I’m subscribed to your newsletter.

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    NotBeckie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I would love the anjou pear vinegar! I can imagine reducing it and using it to make wonderful sauces for steamed vegetables!

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    alex
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:01 am

    basil olive oil sounds amazing

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

    love to try the blood orange infused olive oil

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:15 am
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    Kristin K
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I would love to use the basil infused olive oil on my homemade pizza! Yum!

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    Kristin K
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I’m a subscriber!

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    Barbara Blackburn
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I would love love the lemon infused oil.  I need to make these cookies!

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    follow Love & Olive Oil on facebook

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    Bonnie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I would definitely try these cookies. I’ve made a lemon cake with “just” lemons and olive oil and it was great, so I’m sure the lemon olive oil would be at least equally as good.

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:20 am

    like Capay Valley Ranches on facebook

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:22 am

    The blood orange olive oil would make an amazing salad dressing!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I subscribe to your emails.

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I like you both on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beckypennwinkler

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I follow you on Twitter (@calculatedwhisk) and here is my tweet: https://twitter.com/calculatedwhisk/status/454232933230845953

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    Clarice
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:24 am

    The blood orange infused sounds delicious. I’m partial to citrus flavor & this sounds refreshing for the coming summer.

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I want the lemon so bad! Your cookies look amazing!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Bonus Entry #1: I’m already subscribed with JBuggica@gmail.com :)

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Bonus Entry #2: I tweeted! https://twitter.com/JBuggica/status/454234411257450496

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    Susa
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

    That’s a tough one. I think the lemon and those lemon sugar cookies you posted are calling my name!
    Nosaby8210@gmail.com and I subscribe to your newsletter already. 

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    Jenny
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Got to try Elderberry or Meyer Lemon.

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    Jenny
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Email subscriber

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    Sharon
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:33 am

    The lemon does it for me

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    Jere
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I could find a use for all of these, they sound delicious!!!

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    Nicole S
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:45 am

    The blood orange!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    The blood orange or the Persian lime olive oils sound so intriguing! I would love to grill some fish with the lime! 

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    Katie P.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I tweeted! (@kwpulsipher)

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    Katie P.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I’m subscribed to the newsletter.

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    Shari Reilly
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m torn between the lemon olive oil and the elderberry vinegar, though if I have to pick just one, I’d say the elderberry vinegar. I love elderberries, and you don’t see them used that often. I’d put together some sort of sauce/reduction to put on foul.
    That said, I’m really intrigued to try the lemon olive oil sugar cookies you made. :)

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    Sarah
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I would be interested in experimenting with coconut oil! Any thoughts on what might happen?

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    Mirya Holman
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    All of them! And I am already subscribed to the newsletter!

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    Carla
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I would love to try the basil olive oil and try to do a nice pesto or on a simple tomato salad.

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    Gwyn
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    The elderberry vinegar sounds amazing and I would use it in a salad dressing!!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’m very intrigued by the basil-infused olive oil. I wonder how it would be on a caprese salad!

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    Liz
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    The Meyer Lemon sounds awesome. 

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    Alyssa
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I would love to try the basil olive oil.

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    • Alyssa
      Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

      whoops, posted too quickly!  I would use it for caprese salad!

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    jacquie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    the elderberry vinegar sounds wonderful – have you tried that?

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    Leslie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar sounds interesting..Elderberry is wonderful for the immune system.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I subscribe to emails!

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    jacquie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    already a subscriber

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    Karen
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I would love to try the lemon olive oil, and would make the cookies you posted a recipe for, but would also try it in a pasta dish to brighten the flavor. Thank you for sharing these olive oils and will try to find them in the store.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I follow on Twitter (Motobean84) and tweeted!  https://twitter.com/motobean84/status/454244267565645824

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    Leslie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I subscribe to Love & Olive Oil by email

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    Anne k
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The lemon sounds so good!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I would love to try that cranberry vinegar and use it in sauces/marinades around the holidays!

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    Leslie
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted about the giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/savingstacksone/status/454245127351853056

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    Crystal Piccirillo
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Definitely the blood orange! Blood orange sugar cookies sound amazing!

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    Crystal Piccirillo
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I’m already subscribed :)

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    Crystal Piccirillo
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I already “like” love & olive oil and have “like”d CVR! I hope I win!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I follow you on FB “Metta Morphose”

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    Monica
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

     I browsed CVRanches’ recipes and those with lemon appealed to me the most. I’d sure love to try these cookies first! The Balsamic would be my second choice with grilling season coming up… IF we ever get summer here in Wisconsin! Thanks for the opportunity~

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    Monica
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’m also already subscribed~

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    Aviva
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Meyer lemon.

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    Kathy m
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

    The blood orange olive oil would be great in a salad dressing.

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    Aviva
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I follow on twitter and tweeted
    @avivster

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    Aviva Isenberg
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I like on facebook.

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    Monica
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I just followed on twitter and tweeted about it! Username:  IRWSMom; thank you~

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    Monica
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I follow both on FB under Monica Seiler; yeaaaaah, excited to try these~

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    T2Nashville
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I would most like to try the blood orange olive oil. I enjoyed using the fruit-infused oils in making my own salad dressings.

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    T2Nashville
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I am subscribed to your emails. Thanks!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I would like to use the oil in baking cookies.

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    Renee H
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I’m already a happy subscriber!

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    Diane Scott
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Definitely the Meyer Lemon and also I’d probably like to try the Persian Lime. they all sound fantastic! Wonderful recipe for the cookies!
    I already subscribe to your blog and tweet.

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Blood Orange sounds delicious for spring/summer salads!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I Like both on Facebook (Kaoru Yamamoto)

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    Emily R.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’d love to try the basil-infused olive oil!

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    erin
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The lemon oil for salads!

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    erin
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I just subscribed!

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    erin
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    On twitter erinontheavenue

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    Judth
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I am already subscribed! Love this blog :). Judith

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    Judth
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I am subscribed to both on Facebook as Judith Carlisle! Thanks for the opportunity :).

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    Emily R.
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I’m subscribed via e-mail!

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    Brittany
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:56 am

    The basil olive oil would be great for pasta!

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    Brittany
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I am already subscribed!

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    Fiona Reyna
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Love anything lemon – can’t wait to try these!

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    Melissa B
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Blood orange!  Yummy salads!

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    Melissa B
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I subscribe by email!

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    Melissa B
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I like on Facebook!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Blood Orange sounds amazing! I’d love to try that one (pretty much all of them, actually, but especially that one).

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’m also already a subscriber! :]

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    Melissa B
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oops!  Melissa B Mitchell on Facebook

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    amy williams
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

     basil for caprese salad instead of actual basil!

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    amy williams
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    tweeted @willdamy

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    these oils look fabulous! i’m a sucker for flavored olive oils and vinegars, with a small stash always going in my cabinet, but meyer lemon is one i haven’t seen before. i love the flavor of it and would love to use it on these cookies :) thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

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    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I would love to try the meyer lemon and blood orange. .  wow, so inventive!! Would try in salads and on crostini?

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