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The first time I had olive oil in a dessert—that is, olive oil that was present and proud and of its olive oiliest self—was in this genius cake from Maialino in Gramercy Park. It was a revelation: The cake was simultaneously moist and light, perfumed with the grassy, spicy flavor of the olive oil.

Yes, You Can Substitute Olive Oil for Butter in Dessert! (But Carefully)
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Yes, You Can Substitute Olive Oil for Butter in Dessert! (But Carefully)

Since then, I've become an olive oil-baking convert. I substitute it for other fats (following Alice Medrich's guide, of course) in cakes, cookies, puddings, and quickbreads. I've used this liquid gold to whip up a silly easy press-in crust, or pair it with bright citrus (in custards and tarts) or chocolate of all stripes. If you want to dip your toe into the world of olive oil baking, we've rounded up 14 recipes to get you started:

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Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse
Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse
Dario’s Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Pine Nuts

Dario’s Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Pine Nuts by Food52

Orange Scented Olive Oil Sticky Buns

Orange Scented Olive Oil Sticky Buns by fiveandspice

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Salted Double-Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies
Salted Double-Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies
Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

Olive Oil Sugar Cookies by sarah kieffer | the vanilla...

Chocolate Torte with Almonds and Sea Salt

Chocolate Torte with Almonds and Sea Salt by Alice Medrich

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Sesame Buttercream
Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Sesame Buttercream
Caroline J. Beck's 6-Minute Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Custard

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

The Pumpkin Bread I Can't Stop Eating

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

Pearl's Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Pearl's Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Tart with Olive Oil

Lemon Tart with Olive Oil by nancy d.

Tiger Cake

Tiger Cake by Alice Medrich

Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake
Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake

Do you have any favorite desserts that make good use of olive oil? Tell us in the comments!

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Tags: Dessert, Ingredients, Tips & Techniques, Pantry, Olive Oil