CHOCOLATE COCONUT OATMEAL CHEWS
MAKES 3½ DOZEN COOKIES
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown or demerara sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa powder
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chocolate chips (any type)
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut ½ cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking trays with parchment paper; set aside.
Cream the butter and brown sugar by hand until well combined (the mixture will not be creamy or fluffy). Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla.
Sift the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt over the bowl and stir into the butter mixture. Stir in the oats until they are well coated with batter; stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and cranberries.
Use a small ice cream scoop or two teaspoons to drop the batter onto the prepared baking trays, 2 inches apart. Gently press down on the cookies with the palm of your hand to flatten.
Bake until the cookies lose their shine at the edges, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on the trays on wire racks.