I really want to start this post with a giant “MERRY CHRISTMAS,” but I don’t want to annoy you with my over-zealous festivity right off the bat. Instead, let me appeal to any last minute shoppers who may be looking for the perfect gift for their favorite gal pals, sisters, teachers, and neighbors. These are all items that you can literally have to your door and wrapped before Christmas, so if you’re scrambling for some in-a-pinch gifts, I’ve totally got you covered. As a sidenote, I’d like to say that a lot of these are items on my personal Christmas list, so Brett, if you haven’t gotten me anything, start shopping!
My dear friend’s cookie book was one of my top two favorite cookbooks of the year. This is a must for the home bakers in your life.
This is obviously my other favorite of the year. The salted maple pie I shared earlier this year is from this book and it is to DIE for.
For the bourbon-loving gal in your life (raises hand!)
This is almost a perfect replica of the classic camera I had as a child. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this new version!
This is the ultimate of all ultimates. 50 shades of the very best food coloring money can buy. Get this for the baker you love!
I’ve been using this coffee press for 2 years now. Once you have it, you’ll never go back.
This book by Ron Chernow was the inspiration behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway show. This is a history buff’s must!
Cozy up with this trendy gift ASAP.
This beginner’s set from Prismacolor might be the perfect gift for the crafty chick in your life.
Every girl wants a Staub. Pick her one in her favorite color.
This is the only brand of luggage I would swear by. This backpack is lightweight and would make a perfect carry-on.
This shade, “Twig,” was named the most diverse shade- perfect for a multitude of skin tones!
These all-natural sprinkles are beyond adorable. I need some ASAP.
What girl doesn’t want to open a little Lulu on Christmas morning? I love the color of this hat.
It says “Just Desserts” on it. I’ve never identified so well with a lunchbox.
One More Idea…
Each and every one of those items are things I love and use/want regularly, so shop away. And if you’re shopping for a true foodie, might I recommend another gift idea: a batch of these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies with an accompanying bottle of Lucini Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil to go with it. Yes, this is the same olive oil I used to make that dreamy lemon olive oil chess pie a few week ago, and it’s the brand I reach for on the daily. Any home baker or cook will love the addition of quality ingredients to their pantry, so check out Lucini products here.
Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies
Now let’s talk about these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies. They’re fudgy, chocolatey, and seriously moist. The bits of peppermint add crunch and flavor, while the olive oil and cocoa powder add depth of flavor and keep them tender. These cookies are beautifully festive, the kind of cookies that your holiday guests with ooh and ahh over as they reach for them over and over again. Plus, I like to think they’re a little less guilty given the lack of butter and the addition of olive oil?
These chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies come together quickly with the whiz of a hand mixer. I’d argue the most difficult part is crushing the actual peppermints or candy canes, although sources tell me you can buy those pre-crushed, so who knows. Once baked these cookies will stay fresh for days, the perfect thing to have on hand when holiday guests arrive.
I hope you’ll give these cookies a try and let me know what you think! I am new to baking cookies with olive oil, but the results I experienced with Lucini were so terrific that I look forward to trying it again and again. Be sure to check them out next time you’re at the store, and thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible! I won’t be seeing y’all until after Christmas, so I hope your next few days are merry, bright, and full of joy and wonder. Merry Christmas, y’all!
This post is sponsored by Lucini Italia. All opinions are my own.
If you like these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies you should try:
Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies
These chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies are rich, fudgy, and moist. The bits of peppermint add a festive color and crunch to every bite!
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 90
- Yield: 24
- Category: Cookies
- ½ cup (120 gm) olive oil
- 4 ounces dark (I used 70%) chocolate, chopped
- ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
- ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
- 2 large (120 gm) eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1–1/4 cups (175 gm) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (40 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (170 gm) white chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped peppermint bits, plus more for topping
- Combine the olive oil and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat and gently heat it, stirring regularly, until the chocolate has melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, stirring just until combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and peppermint bits and allow the mixture to cool in the fridge while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prep two baking sheets with parchment papers. Once the dough has firmed up quite a bit scoop dough roughs (you can use a medium or large cookie scoop, about 1-1/2 or 3 tablespoons worth of dough) onto the parchment paper. Roll the dough balls to smooth in your hands and place 2” apart on the cookie sheet. Bake in the oven about 9-10 minutes or until the edges are set and the tops are no longer gooey. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional peppermint bits immediately.
- For extra peppermint flavor you can add ¾ teaspoon of mint or peppermint extract. I prefer the subtle crunch of the actual peppermint bits but if you’re really into peppermint that’s an option here.