21 May Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

These cookies are not new to Butterlust. I posted the recipe last August – just a couple short months after I began experimenting with a DSLR camera (HELLO, iPhone photos!). And while I’m still a photo-novice (so much to learn!), it’s pretty easy to recognize that there is some serious ‘room for improvement’ from my last photos.

Especially because this recipe is the bombdotcom. For real, it’s one the best recipes on this blog, but it gets very little love because, well, food porn is important.

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

It’s something I struggle with a lot. I’ve posted some great recipes with really terrible photos. I’d love to shoot and reshoot half the recipes on this blog. Or would I? Are those old, novice iPhone photos evidence of a food blogger right of passage, of sorts? Should they stick around, at the back of the metaphorical interwebs closet, very public proof of the progress I’ve made over the last year and a half?

But then what about the recipes? Do they feel all mopey and neglected because my baby blogger self hadn’t gone all photo happy yet? Don’t they deserve proper visual representation?

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

Herein lies my predicament.

And since there are about five trillion recipes I still want to bake, reshoots probably won’t happen very often. Maybe with the recipes that get made several times a year, like these Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies, or this Zucchini Bread, but the majority of those crappily shot recipes will stay that way.

And that’s probably for the best. When I’m having a hard-on-myself day — feeling like my photos aren’t good enough or all sad because I’ll never be The Pioneer Woman –– I’ll look back and remember back when I shot under the yellowy bulbs of my parents’ kitchen with my iPhone 4 and, at least for a hot second, feel damn proud of all the work I’ve done.

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

These are friend-making cookies. Right around the time I posted the recipe last August – 2 months into Steve and my relationship – I took a double batch to a party that his friends were throwing. I wanted to make a good impression, the owner of the house was roasting a WHOLE PIG for cheese’s sake. Needless to say they were a huge hit, and have been requested for every.single.party.since.

When our friends Emma & Dana (notice I said our) asked me to make a couple dozen for their nursing school graduation party (congrats ladies!), I couldn’t resist pulling out the ole’ Canon and snapping a few new photos. Because I really don’t like the old ones. And you can never have too much practice shooting chocolate cookies. Really – chocolatey, amorphous desserts are a food blogger’s biggest challenge. Chocolate never tastes bad, but boy does it look like poop on camera. Literally.

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies // butterlustblog.com

So thanks for letting me practice my skillz on you – hope you like the improved photos. And as if twice isn’t enough, I’m throwing around the idea of re-reshooting them again in a year as a way to track my improvement.

CLICK HERE for the recipe (and to see the original photos).

XO, Katie

  • dina
    Posted at 09:51h, 22 May Reply

    i like sea salt on chocolate chip cookies. i wonder how the olive oil would taste. i’d like to try them!
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  • Kirsty @ Bake Good
    Posted at 11:35h, 22 May Reply

    Yum! They look delicious!
    I totally understand your photo predicament. My blog is just over a year old and I only got a DSLR after about 8 months so a lot of my early photos are from my phone or my old digital point and shoot. I think it’s nice to leave them up, show how we’ve progressed over time!
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    • KWahlman
      Posted at 15:46h, 22 May Reply

      I agree – I probably won’t do this often – but sometimes you just can’t resist! Thanks for stopping by!

    • carrie
      Posted at 14:41h, 30 May Reply

      oh man lady 😀 u have great taste. those crumble bars look tasty.. would you have any ideas on how to make it healthier?

  • Annie @Maebells
    Posted at 15:30h, 22 May Reply

    This look fantastic! I really love a chocolate and sea salt combo! And I completely know what you mean with the photography! There is SO much to learn if your trying to shoot manually. And on top of that you have the lighting, staging, etc. But your photos look beautiful so you must be doing something right! 🙂
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    • KWahlman
      Posted at 15:45h, 22 May Reply

      Thanks Annie!! Seriously SO MUCH to learn!

  • How to Philosophize with Cake
    Posted at 12:17h, 23 May Reply

    These look delicious! And yes, your photos are beautiful now, very enticing! 🙂
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  • CakePants
    Posted at 12:18h, 30 May Reply

    Oh wow, these look SO decadent and all sorts of amazing! Also, I laughed out loud at your characterization of how chocolate looks on camera (my dreaded food to photograph lately has been salads – potato salads, pasta salads…no more! terrible!). Your photos look gorgeous!
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  • carrie
    Posted at 14:46h, 30 May Reply

    yes i have to agree your new photos look amazing. and the cookies look tastier (we create words for moments like this) what do u think would be a good replacement for the sugar?im trying to modify all my recipes to be better for me! thanks and keep up with the great work.
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    • KWahlman
      Posted at 15:21h, 30 May Reply

      Thanks Carrie! Since we’re already using a healthy fat for these, they’re on the right track. You could try using an organic, unprocessed sugar in place of white and/or use a high quality dark chocolate instead of chips to make them a little healthier.

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  • Lindsay @ The Local Taste
    Posted at 08:51h, 09 June Reply

    These look SO good! Your photos on this look amazing too! Keep up the good work 🙂
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    • KWahlman
      Posted at 10:14h, 09 June Reply

      Thanks Lindsay!

  • cynthia
    Posted at 10:33h, 30 June Reply

    These sound SO SO good! I’m in love with everything on your blog, Katie — all the deliciousness and these beautifully dreamy photos. So glad I found you this morning!!
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    • KWahlman
      Posted at 12:12h, 30 June Reply

      Ahh, thank you so much Cynthia! I’ve been following you for a while and your work is BEAUTIFUL, so that mean’s SO much coming from you!! You made my day!

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  • Cindi
    Posted at 22:37h, 20 August Reply

    This is my first time to your site. I am no to blogging and am still using my iphone, excitedly waiting to a real camera. Your photos are lovely and recipies look great. I will be stopping by often. Thank you for sharing.

    • KWahlman
      Posted at 10:01h, 21 August Reply

      Thanks Cindi! Upgrading to a real camera is challenging but so fun!! Best of luck!

  • Colleen
    Posted at 21:33h, 30 August Reply

    Your photos are beautiful. I have the same problems, not to mention my house always seems to be dark when I need to take pictures, which never turns out well.

    • KWahlman
      Posted at 10:38h, 02 September Reply

      Thanks, Colleen! I have the same issues with lighting when Winter hits — luckily it’s pretty short down here!

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    omg!! Chocolate overload!!! Yummmm!!

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    Posted at 14:15h, 03 December Reply

    These cookies are amazing! Though I’m trying to figure out why you would post a bunch of new photos and then link back to the recipe instead of posting again?

    Either way, thank you for sharing this great recipe.
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    Posted at 20:21h, 16 December Reply

    These cookies turned out great!!! I drizzled them with a little bit of caramel sauce (yea, it was from a jar) and they are so pretty and so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Posted at 11:21h, 29 November Reply

    OMG these look like they’re to die for 😀 Now that the holidays have rolled around I’ll definitely be trying these!

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  • Nancy Baum
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    I was given a bottle of fresh mint infused olive oil and searched online for a recipe for chocolate cookies that use olive oil because I thought the chocolate and mint would go well together. Your recipe came up and I decided to give it a try~~boy, am I glad I did! I used 1/4 cup of the mint oil and 1/4 cup of light olive oil in these cookies and they’re sooo good! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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