Olive Oil Cookies

These should really be in the Greek Zone but it’s getting quite busy over there! I love these biscuits – they are vegan and very simple to make – you can still enjoy a mid-morning cup of coffee and a biscuit without feeling bad 🙂 You can always swap the sugar for coconut sugar or Stevia if you want to.  I love anything with cinnamon or cloves and these do not disappoint.

250g or 2 cups of plain flour (try to use unbleached organic if you can)
1 x tsp of baking powder
100g or 1/2 cup of brown sugar or caster sugar
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1x  tsp ground cloves
grated zest and juice of a 1/2 lemon (unwaxed)
grated zest and juice of 1/2 small orange
90ml or 1/3 cup of olive oil
1 x tbsp brandy (optional)
40g or 1/3 cup sesame seeds

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
Stir together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and zest of the lemon and orange).
Now mix the olive oil, juice of lemon and orange and brandy (if using) and add to the dry ingredients. If it still seems to dry or crumbly add 1-2 tablespoons of water a little at a time.
Use your hands to shape the dough into a firm ball. take marble-size pieces from the dough and roll into a sausage shape about 4 inches long, then pull the ends together to form a ring. Wet the ends a little to make sure they stick together.
Tip the sesame seeds out onto a plate. Mist or brush each ring with a little water and then gently dip the rings into the sesame seeds so the tops are covered in seeds. Transfer each one to a lined baking sheet and when all done place the tray into the oven.
Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown all over. Cool on a wire rack and see how quickly they disappear!! If you do have any leftover store in an airtight container – good luck!
(Update: I also made a batch using  1 cup plain and 1 cup of wholemeal spelt flour and added a handful of raisins – I shaped this into traditional round flat circles and baked – they were great! don’t be afraid to experiment!)

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