1 and 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cups all purpose flour
zest of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sesame seeds or ground walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius.
Zest the oranges before juicing them.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in a large bowl and whisk all the ingredients together.
In another bowl, combine the olive oil, orange juice, water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Add the flour mixture a little at a time whisking to combine.
When the mixture becomes to thick to whisk, mix the rest of the flour in with your hands.
Add the sesame seeds and mix until combined.
At this point the dough will seem wet and sticky.
Set it aside for 5 minutes and it will come together and become a very pliable cookie dough.
Cut the dough into walnut sized balls. This recipe makes about 45.
Roll the balls into logs and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Leave some room in between each cookie for rising. They will also spread slightly while baking.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies become slightly browned around the edges.
It is a good idea to also rotate the trays halfway through baking. Switch the bottom tray to the upper rack and the top tray on the bottom. This will ensure even baking.
Cool the cookies on cooling racks.
Serve and enjoy!