Chocolate Olive Oil Crinkle Gelt Cookies

Written by chanie on December 2nd, 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a post before. I mean, have you seen these cookies? If you think they look gorgeous in the picture, JUST. WAIT. TILL. YOU. MAKE. THEM.

My excitement over baked goods needs some explaining, I know. You see, as I’ve mentioned many times on my blog, I’m not the biggest baker. But I had this epiphany one night. I was thinking about crinkle cookies, and how you get those beautiful cracks in the cookie when it bakes. Traditionally, crinkle cookies are rolled in confectionary sugar, so they result in a beautiful zebra-like design. I figured, if I spray the cookies with edible gold spray paint, they’ll kind of look like a crumpled up foil wrapper from those chocolate Chanukah gelt coins. Am I right?

I thought about this one night last week and I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep. First thing the next morning, I ran to the store to collect my ingredients. My friends over at Colavita had recently sent me a few samples of their amazing olive oil, and I knew I had to incorporate it into the recipe. After all, isn’t it the miracle of olive oil that we celebrate on Chanukah? Luckily, Colavita included their 100% GREEK olive oil, and that just put it over the top. Olive oil and chocolate make a wonderful combination, so I set out developing a recipe for fudgy and delicious crinkle cookies. A few hours and a messy kitchen later, I hit the jackpot. To intensify the chocolate flavor without having to melt down chocolate over a double-boiler (I’m always looking for the easy way out, aren’t I?), I added some coffee and used dutch process cocoa powder. The result is a chewy, intensely-flavored chocolate cookie that’s reminiscent of brownies, but oh so much prettier!

To round out my Hanukkah cookie theme, I topped the cookies off with some real chocolate gelt coins. They’ve gone a long way since the waxy variety that used to be available. Nowadays, some of the chocolate gelt is made from real Belgian dark chocolate. So tell me, does it get any better than fudgy chocolate cookies topped with real dark chocolate?

In my special kosher package from Colavita, I received 4 bottles of their amazing premium world selection first cold pressed extra virgin olive oils, including:

Colavita 100% Argentinian Fruity
Colavita 100% Greek Classic
Colavita 100% Californian Mild
Colavita Private Selection 100% Italian

To celebrate Chanukah and these delicious cookies, Colavita is giving away free olive oil samples to one of my readers!

To enter the giveaway, and to get into the Hanukkah spirit, leave a comment letting me know your favorite deep fried foods! Also, if you don’t already follow me on facebook, like the BIB page here. Winner will be chosen at random at 11:00 PM Wednesday, December 12th.

Colavita is also generously offering a 25% discount to all my readers in honor of Hanukkah. Use coupon code BIB25 at checkout. Off expires 1/31/13.

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114 Comments so far ↓

  1. mushka says:

    doughnuts and tempura veggies

  2. Dvora says:

    I love falafel chicken, potato latkes. Pretty much anything deep fried. Unhealthy, but sooo good!

  3. Brina G says:

    My favorite deep fried foods must be a tie between salmon latkes and falafel. I already love BIB on facebook. Chanukah sameach!

  4. shaindy says:

    My. Favorite chanukah food is doughnuts!!!

  5. wow, just wow! these are gorgeous. time to run out and buy some edible gold spray paint for my kitchen!

    oh, and my favorite deep-fried hanukkah food is sufganiyot!

  6. Laura says:

    These are stunning. Brilliant idea. Oh, and I love yeast doughnuts, although I prefer plain doughnuts without filling, with just a plain sugar coating or clear glaze.
    Chanuka Sameach!

  7. Aliza says:

    Latkes of course!!!!

  8. Susan C says:

    My favorite deep fried food…..hmmmmm…….the one I eat too much is chicken wings, and the one I wish I ate more often – deep fried Snickers.

  9. CG says:

    I love donuts!! I eat them all year round.

  10. Shayndy Abrahamson says:

    Favorite deep fried food is still french fries. Even donuts don’t top that!

  11. Nothing better than deep fried Oreos!!!

  12. Mussy says:

    These are so pretty!
    I pretty much like most things deep fried! Chicken, latkes, donuts, eggrolls, you name it. I want to try deep fried avocado one day. I also love Olive oil and use it on everything so id love to win!

  13. esti w says:

    favorite fried food is sweet potato fries!

  14. Kathy Somerville says:

    Zeppoles; sweet potato fries and thin sliced onions and jalapenos (my new favorite). Yummy to all.

  15. Blima says:

    My favorite fried food is onions

  16. Mel says:

    Sweet Potato coins!

  17. Chani says:

    My favorite fried food is potatoe latkas on chanuka!!

  18. Coby says:

    My favorite fried food has to be really, really good french fries. If not really, really good french fries, then deep fried oreos!

  19. chanie says:

    doughnuts are definitely my fave! and your cookies are just amazing!!!

  20. Deborah Rosen says:

    My favorite friend foods include apple fritters, latkes, donuts, churros and donuts. I know I said donuts twice. ;)

  21. SA says:

    Caramel sufganiyot, or for savory, thick-cut steak fries with sea salt.

  22. Rebecca Klempner says:

    Wow. These are the most GORGEOUS cookies. Like, really impressive. I don’t usually even try to make my food pretty, but this looks easy enough to try.

    I’m from Maryland originally, and I have to say that my favorite fried food just might be hush puppies.

  23. Naomi says:

    Homemade donuts!

  24. Esther says:

    Isn’t everything good deep fried? My top few would be french fries, doughnuts and anything tempura.

  25. dana says:

    falafel! i basically never eat fried food, but when im in israel i always make an exception for falafel!

  26. Hana says:

    So beautiful and festive! I was thinking of making these cookies sometime during the holiday. Now I just need to get my hands on some of that spray! Fried hot wings are my favorite food overall. French fries come in a close second for froed foods.

  27. Frayda says:

    My favorite deep fried food are eggrolls!

  28. Shoshanna says:

    French fries!!

  29. Ailuy says:

    I already like BiB everywhere possible because I simply lve the blog. My favorite deep fried food is Zeppole. Which is basically a donut but not exactly. Sprinkled with powdered sugar the stuff is addictive.

    Chag Chanukah Sameach

  30. Chana Rochel says:

    My favorite are definitely onion rings! Fast food, old fashioned, homemade… It doesn’t make a difference!

    The cookies are really beautiful and the pictures are fantastic! Can’t wait to make them for all the Chanuka parties!

  31. David says:

    Hey does anyone know if the Edible Gold Spray is kosher?

  32. suri says:


  33. e.s. says:

    My favorite deep fried is sufganiot,hands down.

  34. Archana Sankaranarayanan says:

    My favorite deep fried food is Falafels. I can never have enough of them.

    Your cookies look lovely. I might even make them today .

  35. Halle Montag says:

    latke (Grandma’s recipe)

  36. Jenny says:

    Deep-fried snickers!

  37. Esti says:

    Can I use regular extra virgin oil? I want to make these now and that’s the only ting i have … they look amazing!

  38. Jessica says:

    they’re so shiny! what beautiful cookies! and my favorite deep fried food: mozzarella sticks!!

  39. Kate says:

    Why does it say to preheat the oven if the dough has to chill… -_-

    • chanie says:

      Good question, Kate. Because when I originally wrote the recipe, I didn’t chill the cookies, but when I tested them again, I realized that they really do need to be chilled. I will revise the recipe accordingly. Thanks for pointing it out!

  40. karen says:

    Apple fritters are hard to beat!
    Your cookies are beautiful.

  41. Sharon says:

    What a genius idea, making these stunning cookies with Greek Olive Oil!! Hmmm, my favorite fried food would have to be french fries!

  42. naomi says:

    homemade sufganiyot!

  43. These cookies are so great!! I love the gold shimmer.

  44. Aviva says:

    Eggrolls, Fried chicken, Tempura, goood french fries & sweet potato fries oh yeah taquitos & chimichangas!!Oh yeah fried zucchini!One more oh yeah churros!

  45. Aviva says:

    oh yeah one more CORN DOGS!

  46. the cookies look beautiful! i love the metallic shine

  47. Cheryl W. says:

    Wow, those cookies are gorgeous! My favorite deep fried food is squash flowers. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  48. Sunshine says:

    I love all things fried, but if I had to pick one, it would be fried chicken, hands down.

    Thank you!

  49. Menucha S says:

    Mozzarella sticks and donuts :)

  50. dena says:

    Latkes. Yes, I’m boring, but once I start eating them I can’t stop.

  51. Joy says:


  52. Daisy says:

    These are so amazing and so pretty. Who knew you could do that! I am so excited to try this. I have always wondered about the gold spray stuff but I have yet to try it. Can’t wait. Thanks for the great post!

  53. Rivky says:

    My fav fried food is beer battered chicken! Thanks

  54. Gorgeous! An elegant take on cookies!

  55. Terree says:

    This time of year–latkes! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  56. Chaya says:

    Where in Brooklyn can I buy the gold spray?

  57. Miri says:

    Hey! I’m already a huge fan of yours. (on FB and on you blog page).
    Those cookies are absolutely STUNNING!!
    what an awesome idea!! The gold shimmer & the coin toppers!!
    It’s my son’s Hanachas Tefillin tomorrow, and I wanna bring a tray of these!!
    P.s. I love anything batter deep fried!!!
    Happy Chanukah from Israel!! :)

  58. sara says:

    The cookies are awesome! wow! my fave deep fried food is homemade egg rolls.
    a freilachen chanukah :)

  59. Allison says:

    Those cookies look great!

    Favorite fried food? Latkes!

  60. Wonderful pictures, and I love what you did here, such a novel idea. I try and stay away from too much deep fried foods, but if I had to choose something I would go with French Fries.

  61. YDG says:

    Firstly, the cookies really are beautiful and I can really see myself in your shoes – unable to sleep because of such a great baking idea. Thank you for reminding me about the recipes I saw last year, with putting chocolate gelt pieces into the center of the cookie, now I gotta go make them before Chanukah is over. My favorite deep fried food would have to be battered, honey-mustard chicken fingers (yum!) But if I had a preference of how to incorporate olive oil into a Chanukah recipe, I would rather a cookie than chicken :) Thank you for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  62. Abby says:

    good ol’ potato latkas are def a fav’ by me!

  63. Anita says:

    My favorite deep fried food are samosas. My second favorite? Latkes!

    Those cookies are gorgeous! Now I have to go pick up some edible spray paint with my coupon for the hobby store!

  64. Amanda says:

    my husband’s wings! we got a mini deep fryer for our wedding and he’s been perfecting his recipe for over a year now!

  65. simy t says:

    fresh doughnuts! yum. love your blog. Making these cookies forsure!!

  66. Carolsue says:

    Doughnuts and Beignets!
    (And I follow you on FB as Carolsue Anderson)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  67. Esti says:

    Latkes. Yum. I follow you on fb also.

  68. CHAYA says:

    Sufganiyot and Moroccan cigars.

  69. Hindy says:

    My favorite is probably onion rings or mozzarella sticks! Yum!

  70. Hindy says:

    I follow you on FB!

  71. Mashi says:

    French fries

  72. Stephanie says:

    I made zuchinni latkes and my family loved them. My husband said they were sweet and smooth and couldnt eat enough.

  73. Aviva says:

    Everything deep fried is delicious, but my favorite thing would have to be falafel!

  74. Rachel says:

    love tempura!

  75. Rebecca says:

    My favorite deep fried food would have to be…..mozzarella sticks with yummy sauce! Maybe BIB has a good recipe? Love your blog!

  76. Shterna says:

    butternut squash latkes!! (made urs last nite ;)) YUM!!

  77. Mary Darlene says:

    My favorite deep fried food is pickles with a yogurt sauce. Yum!

  78. Jody says:

    My favorite deep fried food is wonton… any kind, chicken, chocolate raspberry, cream cheese and fake crab. All are yum!

  79. Meryl says:

    My favorite is falafels.

  80. Louis says:

    Fried chicken.

  81. Victoria says:

    Love everything about this! The inclusion of olive oil, the creativity and how stunning they are! Fantastic job!!!

  82. raizy says:

    I just made the batter for this and it came out really thick I can barely mix it! Any idea why? How can I fix it or will it still come out the same?

    • chanie says:

      Are you sure you measured correctly? Did you use a dry measuring cup for the dry ingredients and a liquid measuring cup for the liquid ingredients? The batter should be thick but you should still be able to mix it.

      • raizy says:

        I ended up adding an extra egg to make it a drop more moist – the batter was still really thick but they still came out delicious!!

  83. Faiue Valt says:

    Love wontons….and spring rolls! What a treat !

  84. robee61 says:

    Eggplant amd zucchini.

  85. Marika says:

    Hi! Made these last night for my son’s Hanukkah Boutique and they are both gorgeous AND delicious!! I also appreciated that they were SO easy to make since I am not a baker and generally loathe making cookies… :) We didn’t even get out the mixer!

    A few notes if anyone is going to make these: Yes, the batter IS thick! That is okay. We didn’t add an extra egg, just stuck in the fridge for 2 hours (as per directions) and then rolled the balls.

    I think the recipe should say “instant coffee”? My husband, who is a baker, saw me trying to dissolve our coffee grounds in hot water and let me know that wouldn’t work. :) I just strained it, but it probably would have been better if I’d had instant granules, which do dissolve…

    This is going to be on my yearly rotation, thanks!

  86. R says:

    Hi, Chanie,

    I don’t like the taste of olive oil — even extra light. Can I use canola instead? TYIA

  87. Avigayil says:

    Do these freeze well?

  88. Reisy ross says:

    My kids are constantly requesting these cookies! During the year I just use confectioners sugar instead of the spray paint. They are the best crinkle cookies out there! Thanks!!

  89. Fran says:

    I love donuts and French fries

  90. Shulamit Sason says:

    Hi, can these cookies be frozen with the chocolate coin on top?

  91. Rozi says:

    I remember making these last year for my daughters teachers. I did the zebra cookie recipe and did the spray with coins. I’m wondering whats so much of the dough difference, and when finished baked are they sweet and soft?
    Thank you!

  92. Andrea says:

    Love your blog and going to make these for our annual Chanukah party! Do they freeze well?

    Favorite fried food is zucchini.

  93. Krystyna says:

    BE CAREFUL WITH THIS RECIPE! I made these last year and loved them. All worked out fine then. This year I was making them again because they were a hit and the cookies caught fire in the oven. I looked at the spray can (same can I bought last year, the same exact brand mentioned in the ingredient list), and it said FLAMMABLE. KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT. I had to put out a fire and throw it all away! BE VERY CAREFUL MAKING THESE! DO NOT LEAVE THE ROOM AND CONSIDER USING A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GOLD!!!!!

    • chanie says:

      Hi Krystyna, thank you so much for telling me that, that is really scary. I would love to clarify what happened with you. Firstly, all spray cans have a warning that say “flammable keep away from heat” since aerosol contents are under pressure, they are flammable. This does not mean that the paint itself is flammable otherwise it would not be food safe. Did you by any chance spray it while the cookies were inside the oven? Can you share exactly what your process was?

  94. Chaya M says:

    Donuts- one of the best deep fried foods around!

  95. Shayna Duker says:

    I don’t see an amount for the olive oil.

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