10 Sweet Uses for Olive Oil

December  8, 2014

Depending on the type of olive, the extraction method, and its age, olive oil can taste of citrus, fruit, or even freshly cut grass. And like wine, it ranges from smooth and mild to pungent and bitter. With an ingredient this flavorful, why limit it to cooking? Its complex flavors make olive oil an outstanding addition not just to soups and salad dressings, but to otherwise simple desserts, too. 

To get started, make sure you're equipped with a quality bottle. Then head to the kitchen and try out one of these 10 recipes.

Strawberry Balsamic and Olive Oil Breakfast Cake by indieculinary

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Maialino's Olive Oil Cake by Genius Recipes


The Pumpkin Bread I Can't Stop Eating by Giulia Melucci


Grown-Up Birthday Cake by Midge


Tiger Cake by Alice Medrich


Lemon Tart with Olive Oil by nancy d.


Peach Tart by Amanda Hesser


Olive Oil Gelato by Amanda Hesser


Caroline J. Beck's 6-Minute Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Custard by Genius Recipes


Ricotta, Feta, and Mint Layers with Honeyed Blood Oranges by mrslarkin

More: Overwhelmed by the options? Read up on how to properly choose olive oil. 

Have you ever baked with olive oil? Share your favorite sweet uses for olive oil in the comments!

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Diana M. January 10, 2015
I bake with olive oil all the time! Many Greek cakes and cookies are made with olive oil, so that makes it easy. I've also taken recipes that call for melted butter and subbed all or half olive oil. The sexiest thing I've ever made with olive oil, however? Molten chocolate and olive oil cakes!
AntoniaJames December 8, 2014
These Maple Olive Oil Praline Crescents - our family favorite holiday nut crescents get a serious makeover, inspired by Nekisia Davis' "Genius" granola. ;o)