Chocolate Sin Cookies

One of my dear friends gave me this recipe for Chocolate Sin Cookies and I was totally shocked when I saw that these cookies were made with olive oil!


a cooling rack with olive oil chocolate sin cookies


A long time ago an old neighbor brought these Chocolate Sin Cookies over to us. Though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a kiss on top. Maybe just chocolate chips? I can’t remember. Either way we thought they were delicious and I was totally floored when she said that they were made with olive oil. Obviously I needed the recipe!


We are always getting asked about recipes that don’t use butter, so this was a great cookie recipe to throw onto the blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I happen to love me some butter, but I adore olive oil and that it’s a healthier fat so that sold me on these healthy cookies before even trying them.


a white board with olive oil chocolate sin cookies

Chocolate Sin Cookies

Chocolate Sin Cookies are a tender, chocolatey cookie that is rolled in powdered sugar and topped with a chocolate kiss. It’s like your favorite peanut butter blossom cookie, but a healthier chocolate version.

Because you’re using olive oil the cookie will be light and tender which is exactly what I love about a good cookie. Nothing crispy over here.

Can Olive Oil Replace Butter in Cookies?

Before you get all worried about using olive oil instead of butter let’s talk about why this totally works.

When switching to an oil in a quick bread recipe you can pretty much sub evenly, however in cookies the bake won’t work the same, so you’ll need to change your measurements.

  • The Rule for Olive Oil in Cookies- Substitute 3/4 the amount of butter for olive oil. For example, if you’re needing 1 cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of olive oil, or 8 tablespoons of butter would be 6 tablespoons of olive oil.


What Kind of Olive Oil to Use in Cookies

The most important part about this recipe is to use the proper kind of olive oil. A dark, rich olive oil will be far too flavorful in these chocolate sin cookies. You want to use the healthier fat, but you still want the cookies to taste like dessert. Because of this be sure that you use a light olive oil.


How to Store Olive Oil Cookies

Olive oil cookies can be stored the same way as a regular cookie, in a storage container or sealed bag. Place the sealed container on the counter for up to 3 days.

To store chocolate sin cookies in the freezer, allow them to cool completely and then place them in a freezer bag, pressing out the air and sealing it closed. Store the cookies flat in the freezer.


a cooling rack with olive oil chocolate sin cookies


Can You Freeze Olive Oil Cookie Dough?

You can freeze the cookie dough in a sealed freezer bag, laying them flat in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Can You Use Coconut Oil Instead of Olive Oil?

If you don’t happen to have olive oil or you want to substitute something else, our recommendation is to use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Coconut oil can lend a very slight coconut flavor, but that is quite well masked by the chocolate.



Looking for more cookie recipes?  Sweet Glazed Lemon Cookies, S’mores CookiesCinnamon Roll Cookies,  Nutella Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cookies, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Better than Brownies Cookies


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Chocolate Sin Cookies

One of my dear friends gave me this recipe for Chocolate Sin Cookies and I was totally shocked when I saw that these cookies were made with olive oil!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Over 400 Baby Shower Food Ideas that Taste Amazing
Keyword: chocolate, Cookies, dessert, olive oil
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1/2 cup pure or light olive oil Megan says pure is the best to use, but Bertolli has a good extra light tasting one
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs beaten to a pulp
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 chocolate kisses unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Lightly coat large cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  • In mixer bowl add olive oil, sugar, eggs and milk.
  • Beat well.
  • Blend in vanilla and cocoa.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix until well blended.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar and roll until well coated.
  • Place 3 per row.
  • Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Remove and press a kiss or a chunk of dark chocolate into the center of each cookie.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g
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a cooling rack with olive oil chocolate sin cookies



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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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14 comments on “Chocolate Sin Cookies”

  1. One cookie does not have 4,547  calories!  That is beyond sinful!  One can’t eat 2 days of calories for one cookie. How can you think this is healthy? 

  2. These cookies are a variant on Cocoa Crinkles. The original recipe advises to refrigerate the dough at least 6 hours, until it is stiff enough to handle. This would explain why so many people are having trouble with the dough not being stiff enough, and having to add an extra cup of flour.

  3. As others have mentioned, this did NOT become the right texture for me to roll into balls. More like goop. I added an extra cup of flour, and we’ll see. They are in the oven now. Frankly, I would have tossed the whole mess except that I had already used so much sugar, flour, etc., that I hated to waste the money. Another reader may have better luck than me, but I wanted to post a warning! Wish I had read the comments first!

  4. I agree with the texture. I added half of the amount extra of sugar and flour and cocoa and one egg and it seems to have made it the perfect cookie and refrigerated it for a little while so it was easier to work with

  5. Just made these today. They are very good and a nice change from the usual chocolate chip. I was very tempted to add more flour because the dough is very runny and is a little tricky to roll in the powdered sugar. But, it is possible! Don’t add more flour as I imagine they will be bland like another reader mentioned. The hershey kiss is a nice presentation but I think next time I would use chocolate chips/chunks and that would distribute the chocolate throughout and make for an even more pleasing taste. Another note is that they spread out. I used my smallest cookie scoop and I would even go smaller than that next time.

  6. What kind of cocoa powder do you use? I use the non-Dutch process kind, and the cookies came out a little bland.

    I also had to add more flour.

  7. I followed your recipe….but they were far too runny to make a cookie. I had to add more and more flour to get it to the right consistency. Is there a chance it should 3-1/4 cups of flour instead of 2-1/4? They tasted awesome once I got the consistency. just would like to know exactly how much flour to add.

  8. I love both chocolte and cookies..!! Yummy..!!
    I should try this..!!

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  10. Oh my Mom made cookies similar to these growing up. I've been thinking about making them for weeks now…but haven't yet. Mmmm…drooling!!!!