Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  Simple.  Delicious.  The perfect thing to take to a party or barbecue or just to eat yourself.  The sweetened shredded coconut is an amazing surprise that adds just a hint of flavor but a ton of soft chewiness.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Martha Stewart Baking
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups instant oatmeal
1 bag 60 percent cacao Ghiradelli chocolate chips

Cream together the brown sugar and butter.  Add in the maple syrup, egg, and vanilla.  Then mix in the cinnamon, soda, and coconut.  Add the all-purpose flour.

By hand, mix in the oatmeal.  You may need to use less oatmeal, depending on the dryness of the batter.  Finally, mix in the chocolate chips.  I added the whole bag because I love a high ratio of chocolate to cookie.  Feel free to reduce the amount of chocolate as desired.

Scoop into even tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

*It helps if you don't get so caught up taking photos that you remember to set the timer and check on the cookies.

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