Olive Oil Shortbread Recipe - Jack Righteous

Olive Oil Shortbread Recipe

Today, we're baking Olive Oil Shortbread, a healthier alternative to the traditional recipe, but just as scrumptious! Let's start, shall we?


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

MAGICAL Flavor Enhancement Tips: (Choose one or more to add a special touch)

  1. Lemon Zest: A teaspoon for a citrusy punch.
  2. Chocolate Drizzle: Melt some dark chocolate and drizzle over the cooled shortbread.
  3. Cinnamon Sugar: Sprinkle on top before baking for a sweet, spiced flavor.

Common Variations: Feel free to add chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or even a dash of espresso powder for a unique twist!

Dietary Modifications:

  • Gluten-Free: Swap in gluten-free flour.
  • Vegan: Use vegan-friendly sugar and agave syrup.
  • Nut-Free: Ensure your add-ins are nut-free.


  1. Prep and Preheat: Set your oven to 325°F. While it's warming up, let's mix our dry ingredients.
  2. Mixing Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. It's important to mix these thoroughly for an even flavor.
  3. Adding Wet Ingredients: Pour in the olive oil and vanilla extract. Stir gently until a dough forms. It should be a bit crumbly but hold together when pressed.
  4. Pressing the Dough: Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Gently press the dough into the pan, making sure it's evenly spread.
  5. Baking Time: Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are just golden. The wonderful aroma will fill your kitchen!
  6. Cooling and Enjoying: Let the shortbread cool in the pan before cutting into squares.

Practical Kitchen Tips:

  • Always start with room temperature ingredients.
  • If you're using any of the flavor enhancements, mix them in gently.
  • For even baking, rotate your pan halfway through.

Storage Tip: Keep your shortbread in an airtight container to maintain its delightful crispness.

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