This recipe is inspired by the Greek olive oil cookies Koulourakia. The ingredients, flavors…may vary, bu the main ingredients stay the same: olive oil, brown sugar and the type of flour you prefer, ideally a healthy one such as whole wheat, rye, barley or spelt. It’s easy and quick to make, especially if you keep the ingredients simple. The cookies are wonderfully crunchy, especially if you bake them thin.
4 cups of flour (a mix of rye and spelt)
2 cups of olive oil
half cup orange and lemon juice mixed
one cup (or less) brown sugar
one spoon flax seeds
one spoon chia seeds (optional)
one teaspoon baking soda
one teaspoon cinnamon
one spoon grated ginger (optional)
one teaspoon grated lemon peel
one teaspoon vinegar
one pinch of salt
optional, for variations: sesame seeds, coconut,almonds, cardamom, brandy, spicy cayenne
Mix the flours, salt, sugar, chia seeds, flax seeds, in a bowl. In a bowl, mix the baking soda with the vinegar, let it foam, and after that add it to the flour mix. Add the oil and the orange/lemon juice and mix well, then knead with your hands tot shape it into a ball. Add more oil or flour as needed, to make a dough that stick together and can be shaped well. You don’t want it crumbly, but too oily either.
Shape the dough into the desired form, you can shape it with your hands, balls, balls that you press flat, or cut it into various shapes with cookie cutters.
Arranged on a greased pan, and bake in the preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 20 min, or until golden brown. They will still be soft when taken out of the oven, but will harden as they cool down. Remove them from the pan carefully while they are still warm, not hot, but not completely cooled down. When they are hot they break easily, and when they are completely cooled down, they tend to stick more to the pan.
You can make variations: add one cup of shredded coconut, or sesame seeds, or 2-3 spoons of brandy. Add vanilla or orange flavour, cocoa, almonds, cayenne, coffee. Be creative!
Here in the image you have: flat round cookies are cinnamon/ginger. The round ones – coconut, the long ones – sesame.