These are cookies are very big American cookies, the size of frying pans. The sort you get at an artisan, signature, we are roasting our own beans coffee shop. Exactly, right that one with the fantastic cake & pie display. Cookies like these are usually kept in a big jar next to the cash register and while you order your coffee to take to the beach on a chilly winter Sunday in the Bay Area to watch the Mavericks high waves rolling onto the beach (sigh) you succumb to the allure of these giant alluring discs. Or maybe you get the cherry biscotti. Next time.
So here we are: not in CA but longing for one of these days and I need a batch of these to say Thank you to our neighbour for helping us with our tire. Super soft like a pillow, chewy in the best of ways, dark brown sugar to add a more adult, dark ale molasses note, cranberries & oats for fruit and crunch. Purrfect.
Chewy Cranberry-Oat Cookies
makes 2 dozen giant cookies or 4 dozen smaller ones
1 cup (2 sticks or 228g) soft butter
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
¼ honey or rice syrup
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup plain flour
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups Old-fashioned oats (German: kernige Haferflocken)
1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F) or 160°C fan oven.
Beat the soft butter with the sugar & honey until soft and fluffy – either in a mixer or by hand. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Measure the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and whisk so that the baking soda is evenly distributed. Add to the butter-egg mixture and stir slowly until combined. Add the cranberries and oats, combine again. Use a 3 tablespoon ice-cream scoop to place equal sized dollops onto baking sheets lined with parchment, make sure you have about 2 inches (5cm) distance between the dough balls. Press down lightly. Bake for about 12 minutes. For smaller cookies use a 1 tablespoon scoop and bake for 10 minutes or less. Take out and let them cool slightly before placing them onto a wire rack to cool completely.