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Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

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

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  • 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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  1. I’d love to try the lemon infused oil so I can make your cookies.

  2. I’ve ever had elderberry vinegar before so I think that would have to be my first choice but I’m a sucker for any good olive oil/balsamic!

  3. Meyer lemon oil.  maybe blood orange oil.  They all sound soooo good!
    the orange would make great cookies!

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  6. I think the elderberry vinegar sounds intriguing! I bet it would be good reduced down with some red wine as a sauce over a beef roast!

  7. The Meyer Lemon so I can bake these amazing cookies!

  8. Would love to try this recipe so Meyer Lemon is my first choice!

  9. I think the blood orange… maybe try to make a blood orange and almond muffin. 

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  11. I am already subscribed. The lemon oil sounds delish, especially in those cookies!

  12. I would love to try the basil olive oil! It would be delicious in my Italian tomato/potato salad.

  13. the basil olive oil would be amazing in a garlicy pizza dough!!

  14. The basil. Use it either on a brushcetta  crostini or in a basil olive loaf!

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  16. Any of the vinegars would be really fun to try in vegan cupcakes!

  17. This recipe sounds intriguing. It would be hard for me to pick between the Blood Orange or Meyer Lemon.

  18. Wow – so difficult to decide but I think I would try the blood orange olive oil first simply because we just got back from Sicily and I now LOVE blood oranges. The second one would be the pear vinegar – and I would probably try them all in one day!

  19. Basil infused olive oil in a gelato! Mmmm….

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  21. I would try those lemon cookies. They look delicious. 

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  24. Would like to try blood orange on a salad!

  25. D’Anjou Pear! That would make a wonderful dressing for a goat cheese and pear salad.

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  27. I would love to try the basil olive oil!

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  30. I would love to try the cranberry balsamic vinegar…I think it would be wonderful on a spinach salad with dried cranberries.

  31. These cookies are fantastic, so delicious looking! I love the olive oil addition.

  32. Blood orange and pear, what a fantastic salad dressing!

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  34. This sounds great! I have made a really nice olive oil cake that I bet would be great with infused olive oil (I think I found it on Chocolate & Zucchini)…

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  36. I would love to try the Meyer Lemon! I’d love to make a lemony veggie-full pasta dish!

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  38. i would try the basil olive oil to dip my italian bread in!

  39. Your lemon cookies for sure, orange in olive oil cake, basi garlic. and fresh tomato chicken pasta, and pear vinegar worked iinto pie… just a few ideas that crossed my mind :-)

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  41. The blood orange oil sounds awesome

  42. The Meyer Lemon olive oil would be great! I would love to try it in a lemon bread. 

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  44. I would love to try using Blood Orange in a salad dressing.

  45. I woul love to try the lemon for salads or those wonderfully delicious cookies that you just posted or basil for tomato salads or home make pizza or spagetti

  46. I’d love to toss a salad with a combo of the basil and lemon olive oil! Or just dip some good bread in them…

  47. I would love to try the meyer lemon! Lemon lavender cupcakes are calling my name!!

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  49. Blood orange oil and pear vinegar!

  50. being a lemon lover I would have to make your lemon cookies with the lemon olive oil, but the elderberry vinegar sounds wonderful too for a fruit salad with spinach

  51. The Meyer Lemon Cookies!

  52. The cranberry would be good for a salad.

  53. Wow, I have never tried meyer lemon. I really want to try it and these cookies sound perfect for my first ever meyer lemon recipe! :)

  54. I would love to try the basil oil, drizzled on fresh summer tomatoes.

  55. Those cookies sound delicious! I would dip fresh baked bread in that basil olive oil, yum! And I’m intrigued by the elderberry and pear balsamic vinegars, I’m thinking reduced and drizzled on homemade ice cream. :)

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  57. I would so excited to try the Basil Olive Oil! I would use it to drizzle on everything from pasta, to salad, to chicken…..but I would also love to make a sweet basil olive oil cornbread with it:)

  58. Blood orange Olive oil with some pork tenderloin 

  59. blood orange olive oil, would be a good infusion to my malaysian tofu and egg dish

  60. I would LOVE to try the Basil infused olive oil! Using it in Strawberry Jam is the first thing that comes to mind, but it would be perfect for any Italian dish or salad. I’m sure the uses would be endless and I’d really love to try them all. Thanks for so many wonderful ideas on your blog! I’ve downloaded and saved so many recipes, it will take a very long life to use them all, but I’m willing to give it a go.

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  64. I’m excited about the idea of maybe using the Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil in a sauce for grilled fish., with some fava beans maybe and some pasta.

  65. The blood orange. I’d try it out for dressing.

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  67. The Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, and first I would make these cookies then a Meyer Lemon Olive Oil pound cake. And I would HAVE to try a vinaigrette made with their Blood Orange Olive Oil and Cranberry Balsamic Vinegar! Maybe on some baby greens with blood oranges, cranberries, walnuts and just a little blue cheese.

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  68. Ooo, the Meyer lemon …. I would start with these cookies!

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  72. Blood orange, and I would make a delicious warm vinaigrette for a spinach salad…yum!

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  74. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Meyer Lemon so that’s the first flavor I’d love to try. And these cookies?? OMG – Get in my belleh!!!

  75. blood orange olive oil. rangpur gin, bouchaut, egg white, shake,shake,shake…

  76. I love lemon cookies.  Never heard of Lemon olive oil before.  Definitely want to give this recipe a try!  

  77. The Meyer lemon one – I would make some lemon bars or blondies!

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  81.  D’Anjou Pear vinegar would be amazing, and I do have to say that the Elderberry would be definitely interesting to try.  I am constantly experimenting with food I actually have an elderflower apple lime vinegar and a blackberry vinegar that I love and have even put a little bit in some sparkling water and it makes a tasty drink.
    If I had to choose an oil it would be the Meyer Lemon. I would def love to try this cookie recipe. 

  82. Definitely the Meyer Lemon – I’m craving those cookies! :)

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  84. Mmm… would love the lemon olive oil for a nice summer salad.

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  87. What a fantastic giveaway and absolutely adore your recipe.  I can’t wait to try the CVR Meyer Lemon and Basil flavors.  But the rest of them sounds just as delicious.  I think I’ll made seafood pasta with their oil…and your Meyer Lemon Olive oil sugar cookies for desserts.  :)

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  88. I am an email subscriber of Love & Olive Oil

  89. I think any of those vinegars would taste great as a salad dressing. I’m particularly excited about the pear flavor! The basil olive oil sounds great to cook with chicken for an Italian themed night :)

  90. mmm…the basil would be delicious, and would be so versatile you could use it from tossing pasta, sauteing veggies, maranting meats, dipping bread, etc etc!  but the other flavors would be fun for experimenting too!

  91. The recipes on this website are amazing I had to subscribe! Definitely look forward to making these cookies!

  92. The first thing I would make with the Meyer Lemon olive oil however, is make these sugar cookies! I love lemon flavors and sweets that are easy to make!

  93. What great oils! Never even knew they existed! Your cookies are gorgeous (pinned!) and that cranberry oil around the holidays could be invaluable in so many savory-ish dishes!

  94. Of the olive oils, Meyer Lemon sounds the best it just sounds so fresh and it would go with almost anything from meats, veggies, to desserts, like how it was used here!

  95. I’m an email subscriber :)

  96. I think the Elderberry vinegar would be best in a fruit salad or maybe a veggie salad with a few fruits to enhance the flavors.

  97. Its hard to choose! All those vinegar flavors are so good I’ve never actually had anything like that but I’ll say I’m most excited about the Elderberry Vinegar! 

  98. I would love to try the all of them-I have tried olive oil cake in the past and think one of these infused oils would be great, maybe a frosting made with one of these vinegars too!

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  100. Yum! I would use the Meyer lemon olive oil and make a marinade for shrimp. I’d definitely add some pepper and other spices.

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