Spanish Olive Oil Cookies ( Tortas De Aceite)

Hi there!
I know it's been a while, I missed all your recent posts but I will try to make it up to you this week..! 
Now it's time for another Mediterranean recipe; Tortas De Aceite are very famous in Spain and you can find them in every food shop in this amazing Country. These large, fragrant, sweet cookies - biscuits look like a biscuit pancake and they have been made for over 100 years in the region of Seville.
 It's easy to make them at home so.. lets head to the recipe

Ingredients (12-14 large cookies)

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons brown or white sugar and a little more for sprinkling at the end
2/3 cup warm water (not hot, as warm as bath water for a baby)
1 cup flour type 00 or cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fennel seeds or anise seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Caster sugar
1 egg white

How to make

Using a bowl, add the warm water, olive oil, sugar and yeast. Leave for 5 minutes aside to activate the yeast. Your mixture should be foamy after 5 minutes.
 Using another bowl mix the flour with the salt, sesame seeds and fennel seeds. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly pour the liquid yeast mixture stirring with a spoon. Allow the mixture to rise for  30 - 45 minutes (do not add more flour).
Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle 1 tablespoon icing sugar using a strainer.
When the dough has doubled in size press with your finger to deflate and overturn the dough to a floured surface. Also flour a rolling pin or bottle.
Preheat the oven to 450 F.
Divide the dough into 12 -14 equal-sized pieces and roll out each piece until it’s about 4 inches in diameter. Lay them on your trays and brush with the egg white. Sprinkle with icing sugar and then with regular sugar.

 Bake for 10 -12 minutes until golden and crisp. Transfer to wire racks to cool.



  1. They look so yummy! Μια διευκρίνηση, το αλεύρι είναι για όλες τις χρήσεις ή αλεύρι που φουσκώνει μόνο του; Πολύ εύκολη συνταγή, και φαίνονται νοστιμότατα! Δεν έχω χρησιμοποιήσει ποτέ σπόρους μάραθου ή γλυκάνισου σε μπισκότα, θα δίνουν ιδιαίτερη γεύση! Θέλω πολύ να τα δοκιμάσω! Καλό σου βράδυ! Φιλιά!!

    1. Ελα Ταέλια μου, συγνώμη για την καθυστέρηση. Τα έχω κάνει με σκληρό αλεύρι αλλά και με αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις. Το αλεύρι που φουσκώνει μόνο του δεν κάνει γι αυτά τα μπισκοτάκια.. φιλάκια πολλά!

  2. These look delicious. I love a nice crisp cookie.

    1. thank you my friend, they are delicious!

  3. I must say, these do look absolutely amazing! Very hungry now!

  4. I love the taste of fennel seeds. these Spanish cookies are lovely. I have a recipe something similar which I will be posting late in the evening. Do stop by.

  5. oh so delicious!! I will be trying these out soon!

  6. they look delicious and really crispy!

  7. I love these traditional cookies - over 100 years people love baking them. Such a great story. Addition of fennel seeds and sesame seeds sounds good!

  8. Hi Eri,
    These are such delightful cookies. I love them.

  9. Love those yeast cookies. So unique and wonderful with added fennel.

  10. I don't think I've ever had an olive oil cookie before. They look lovely and I'm sure they have great flavour and texture xx

  11. Awesome looking cookies...I love the spices in there....must be giving the cookies such depth of flavour :-)

  12. I've never tried these cookies baked with yeast...almost like a sweet thin bread. They look incredibly tasty, crunchy, and delicious. Will have to try the recipe.
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

  13. This is such a unique cookie! Almost like a cracker but sweet and crisp looking, yum Eri! You always come up with something wonderful!

  14. These look fantastic!! Love simple recipes. Must make this soon!!

  15. Oh, I love the idea of a yeast cookie...so crisp and lovely! Perfect to accompany my cup of tea :)

  16. Looks like that is good pair with warm milk, I can imagine dipping them on those

  17. These are the "tortas de aceite" that I eat for breakfast every morning! I am really a fan of Olive oil tortas!


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