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Chocolate Chip & Fennel Seed Cookies

These cookies are a game changer. Not only do chocolate and fennel go together (who knew?) but instead of butter they’re made with olive oil. Sweet, savory and perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, these are the perfect farmers fuel. We’ve made these multiple times in the past few weeks and folks who were hesitant about the fennel flavor we’re blown away. This is unique take on the classic chocolate chip cookies and I hope you all love these cookies as much as we do!


Chocolate Chip & Fennel Seed Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 10 minutes    Serves: 22-25 cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted in a dry skillet for 1 minute and then finely ground
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk (plant based or dairy both work here) at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (reserve a few to place on top of each cookie before baking


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the flour, salt, baking soda and fennel seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the sugars, oil and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gradually stir in the flour mixture and beat until well combined. Add 1 Tablespoon of milk to make the dough a little more workable and if it’s too dry add a splash more. Fold in the chocolate chips, reserving a few to place on top of each cookie.
  4. Drop cookies into 2 Tablespoon balls onto the baking sheets-no need to flatten the cookies. Top each cookie with some of the reserved chocolate chips and place in the oven, bake for about 9-12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. These cookies can over-bake quickly so take them out when they seem slightly under baked (which should be around the 9-10 minute mark).
  5. Place on a wire rack to cool and enjoy!


Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen so keep a close eye on the cookies while they bake

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