Looking for ways to bake with olive oil? 

It’s no secret that baking with olive oil is a healthy and delicious way to make cakes, cookies, bars, and more. Extra virgin olive oil adds not only a delicate texture but also a fruity flavor to your sweet treats. Plus, unlike butter and vegetable-based oils, EVOO offers an array of health benefits

So what are some ways you can bake with olive oil? We rounded up 10 of our top olive oil baking recipes, including cakes, tarts, pies, cookies, and more.

Olive Oil Cakes

Flourless Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Inspired by Torta Caprese, a traditional chocolate cake from Naples, Italy, this tender, gluten-free cake uses ground almond meal and dark chocolate for a rich, brownie-like texture. The fruitiness of the olive oil pairs perfectly with the fruitiness of the bittersweet dark chocolate, creating a decadent cake that simply melts in your mouth.

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Lemon Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Sour Cherries

This bright and cherry cake uses lemon-flavored extra virgin olive oil for a one-two punch of flavor. There’s olive oil in both the cake batter and the lemon glaze, giving each slice a zingy bite that’ll leave your guests wanting more.

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Spiced Apple Olive Oil Cake

Perfect for fall, this spiced apple cake has all the flavors of apple pie, with half as much effort. The extra virgin olive oil imparts a more tender texture, that’s lighter and more delicate in flavor than traditional butter. 

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Orange Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Rosemary Icing

Citrus and olive oil go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this loaf cake showcases the pairing perfectly. Infused with a bright citrus flavor and a hint of rosemary, this delicious loaf is excellent for breakfast or served as a snack with afternoon coffee.

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Olive Oil Tarts & Pies

Hazelnut Chocolate Tart with Olive Oil Ganache

hazelnut chocolate tart with orange zest

A buttery, hazelnut-forward crust gets filled with a silky olive oil chocolate ganache in this simple yet decadent tart. The recipe calls for orange zest on top, but you could easily sub it out for flaky sea salt, fresh raspberries, or a simple whipped cream.

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Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Olive Oil Crust 

Olive oil in pumpkin pie? It might sound crazy, but trust us–this pairing works. Here, organic olive oil, ground walnuts, and rosemary create a savory crust that contrasts the sweetness of the pumpkin filling.

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Olive Oil Cookies, Bars, & Scones

Pistachio Orange Olive Oil Cookies

Ground pistachios, orange zest, and extra virgin olive oil come together to create a fancy, butterless cookie, coated in rich dark chocolate on one side for a striking look. Think: a black and white cookie meets a pistachio-orange shortbread.

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Double Chocolate Olive Oil Rye Cookies

Deep flavors reside in this cookie, thanks to heapings of dark chocolate, a touch of rye flour, and a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil. Don’t skip the rye flour: it adds an extra dimension of flavor that shouldn’t be missed.

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Lemon Olive Oil Bars with Raspberries

A delicate olive oil shortbread crust gets topped with a tart lemon curd and fresh raspberries in these bright, colorful bars. Note: you can use this olive oil shortbread crust as the base for any other custard-like bar.

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Cherry Olive Oil Scones

Not too sweet with a delicate crumble, these cherry olive oil scones make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Add in chocolate chunks for an extra sweet twist, or serve with tea and fresh whipped cream for a true British experience.

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Olive Oil Baking Tips

Not sure how to substitute olive oil for butter in a recipe? Looking for more ways to incorporate olive oil into your baked goods? Check out our article on How to Master the Art of Baking with Olive Oil where we cover everything you need to know.