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Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

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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.


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.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies from @loveandoliveoil


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.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/3 cup Capay Valley Ranches® Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a second large bowl, combine sugar and olive oil and mix with a spatula until it forms a grainy paste. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. Fold in dry ingredients until just incorporated. You should have a fairly soft, oily dough.
  4. Fill a small dish with more granulated sugar. Scoop dough by the tablespoonful into balls and roll in sugar to coat. Arrange on a nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between cookies.
  5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until tops are puffed and crackly and edges just start to turn light golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies are best enjoyed the day they are made, but will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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  6. I would use the blood orange olive oil over pasta with a bunch of veggies and shrimp! Mmmm. What a lovely summer meal!

  7. I would love to try out the Basil Infused Olive Oil first and brush it on my veggies throughout the summer on the grill – YUM!

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  10. The Persian Lime Infused Olive Oil sounds interesting and tasty. I’d love to use it on my chicken with rice pilaf dish.

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  14. I’m a big fan of meyer lemons and blood oranges, so I would be happy to try either,.  I have a great recipe for a citrus olive oil cake, so I would use the Capay Valley olives oils in that.  The D’Anjou pear is intriguing as I have never seen a pear olive oil before.

  15. Blood orange in a salad dressing!

  16. The Meyer Lemon sounds amazing. I’m hoping to try and make a Gluten Free version of your cookie.

  17. I’d love to try the blood orange. 

  18. They all look great but the Meyer lemon looks so good.

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  20. These look great Lindsay!  I’ve been wanting to make a savory muffin and think an Olive oil cake would be perfect with that basil!  I may just go hunt it down….

  21. Basil infused oil sounds amazing!

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  24. Either the Meyer Lemon Oil or the Blood Orange.  I would have to make these cookies in both flavors!!  Looks amazing!

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  26. the Infused Balsamic Vinegar sounds amazing-I’ve not had a product w/Elederberry to use in my cooking. Other than salad dressings I might try to use as a marinade for fish and poultry or even pork. Imagine drizzling over fresh fruit.

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  35. I would like either the blood orange or the basil. The basil sounds awesome with some pasta.

  36. I would love to try the meyer lemon olive oil in an ice cream (an idea probably inspired by today’s recipe…)!

  37. Meyer Lemon olive oil sounds fantastic!

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  39. I would use the Meyer Lemon olive oil on chicken or salad.

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  41. Those look so good.  I love baking made with olive oil – it always seems to have a sophisticated, more delicate flavour.  Love them.  I’d love to try the basil oil though – it would be so nice with bruschetta, or brushed on grilled baguette.

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  44. They all look great and would be fun to experiment and get creative while cooking. I have a tomato and mozzarella pasta in mind for the Basil oil. Thanks!

  45. Ohhh…basil olive oil on a caprese salad would be delish!

  46. I am torn between the Blood Orange and the D’Anjou Pear, which I mostly want to drizzle over homemade ice cream. Yes.

  47. The basil-infused oil looks so good! I would make an olive oil cake, they are so delicious – just like your cookies.

  48. The blood orange would be great ~ grandchildren love brownies and I would use this to replace the less healthy butter.

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  56. Would love to try the lemon and basil! perhaps on a spring pasta dish?

  57. The Lemon! These cookies sound like absolute perfection. 

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  61. I would love to use the  oil for just about everything!  I love lemon!  I bet the pear vinegar would make a great salad dressing! 

  62. I would use the meyer lemon olive oil on my salad. Thank you for the recipes and giveaway. Have a nice day!

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  65. Savory Preparations: I would love to try the Anjou Pear and make a anjou pear- balsamic reduction for a lamb glaze.
    Sweet Preparations– I would like to try the blood orange or lemon in a yogurt cake. Or any cake dessert for Dairy free options.

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  71. Blood orange olive oil in a salad dressing. I have a kale/blood orange/shallot salad that this would go so well on! 

  72. I would love to try the Elderberry flavor, I feel like you could make a great salad with summer berries and fresh produce with that!

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  74. Which of the CVR flavors (oil or vinegar) would you be most excited to try, and what would you do with it?

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  75. I want to try the basil oil. I bet it would be great over fresh mozzarella with garden tomatoes.

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  78. I would love to try the Meyer Lemon or Blood Orange Olive Oil as part of a salad dressing – it sounds delicious and very summer-y!

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  80. I’d be most excited to try the D’Anjou Pear balsamic vinegar… I’d reduce it to use in a vinaigrette salad dressing, and to roast strawberries.

  81. The d’anjou pear balsamic vinegar sounds awesome! 

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  83. I just pinned a recipe that used Basil infused olive oil so I would be really excited to try that one!

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  85. I would love to try the cranberry and pear balsamic vinegars and the lemon and blood orange olive oils! These oils and vinegars would go great on a kale salad with goat cheese and toasted almonds. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  86. I think I’d like to try the blood orange. I’ve never had one. I love meyer lemons. I wish I could get them more often. Even in 2014, there’s not much available in my neck of the midwest.

  87. Basil infused olive oil

  88. I would love to try blood orange and I would make a salad dressing with it!

  89. I would be most excited to try the basil olive oil and the pear balsamic! I’m sure both would be excellent with cheese! I’d do heirloom tomatoes and burrata with the olive oil and probably parmesan in a bread salad with the pear balsamic.

  90. I think the Blood Orange Olive Oil would make an out-of-this-world dressing to go on all of my favorite salads… I’m on a huge citrus kick right now!! Yumm!!!

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