Graduation Cookies: A Delicious and Meaningful Farewell

As the end of the school year approaches, so does graduation. Bidding farewell to teachers, peers, and a meaningful chapter of life is often bittersweet. Whether you’re making graduation cookies for a recent graduate, or in remembrance of yourself, there’s no better treat than a batch of delicious, homemade cookies shared amongst friends and family.

A Unique Recipe

This recipe is unique in that it utilizes olive oil as the fat, rather than butter. The resulting flavor and texture is deeper and more complex than a standard recipe due to the presence of grassy and fruity notes. The recipe also uses freshly grated nutmeg as a hint of spice, and lavender for an additional layer of flavor and aroma.


  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, brown sugar and white sugar and beat with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until combined.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined. Mix in the vanilla extract, nutmeg and lavender.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheets and flatten slightly.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

A Delightful End to a School Year

Whether you’re celebrating the achievement of a friend or family member, or reminiscing on your own bittersweet graduation, there’s no better way to commemorate the occasion than with a batch of delicious and meaningful graduation cookies. Invite friends and family over for a weekend, or bring them with you to the graduation ceremony for a delicious, meaningful addition to your goodbye.