- Eggs = 3
- Sugar = 200g
- Olive oil = 100ml
The first thing you should always have in mind is to get your ingredients and tools ready to be used. Being prepared in advance before doing any sort of cooking is always a good thing. It can prevent rushed process and can avoid the risk of messiness. Where you set everything up should be according to your convenience as each individual can organize things differently and not all kitchens are structured the same.
Once you are all geared up, grab an appropriate sized bowl to mix the eggs, sugar, and olive oil in. Use a bowl that will also be big enough for the ingredients you’ll add in step 2. How you mix these ingredients, whether manually or electronically is up to you. If you do choose to mix electronically, note that it can get a little bit messier than by hand.
- Flour = 300-400g
- Lemon = 1
- Baking powder = 10g
- Salt = a few sprinkles
After you have mixed the ingredients well in step 1, you’re ready to add the additional ingredients that are listed above. It helps to mix while adding at the same time so that all ingredients are being blended with each other as much as possible. To determine the amount of salt to sprinkling, you can give the mixture a taste to know how much more to add. As for the lemon, it doesn’t matter as much if you crush or squeeze the juice in the mix.
How long you mix all the ingredients together will depend on the device you’re using or the speed you mix manually. Time isn’t what’s important here, but rather how the mixture looks. Your focus should be that all the ingredients are dissolved and well distributed within the mixture.
Once you are sure of the mixture, then you can mold the dough into balls or round shapes (think of a flying saucer). Keep in mind that these will expand in the oven, so remember this as you make your cookie shapes. The baking tray size you choose will depend on how many balls you want to make and how big they are. It is always advised to have a larger tray to not only fit them all but to give each ball enough room to expand while baking. If they are too close and touch each other, they might end up sticking together (unless your goal is twin cookies).
Now for the final process and one that will determine all your efforts. The oven is recommended to be on prior to placing the baking tray inside to let it warm up. Generally, for baking cookies, the oven is set at around 180°C. If you want to be safe, then 170°C will do, but always check often to see how the cookies are doing and just in case you need to turn the heat up or down. The length your cookies should be in the oven for is about 15-25 minutes.
When you know that your cookies have been baked well, you can then set it down to cool off for a minute or two. Chewy cookies require a little more time to cool off than crispier ones, but, of course, keep track of how they’re doing. After they’ve cooled off in the baking tray, you need to transfer them onto a cooling tray (or paper towel if one is not available), which will speed up the cooling process by aerating the bottom of the cookies, as well as preventing them from cooking further as the tray will still be very hot from the oven. Once all is done, you can feel free to enjoy your salivating homemade lemon cookies with olive oil!