I have 3 words for you.
Big. Honking. Cookies.
Now I warn you, these are probably the most indulgent treat I have posted to date. Stuffed full of huge chunks of chocolate and local sweet Bala cranberries, these cookies are the size of your face. I kid you not! If you don't believe me just look at how ridiculously big they are against the palm of my hand.
Anyone who says they don't love a good oatmeal cookie are either lying or hasn't had a real one. It's just one of those classics. But the real star of the show here is the chocolate! Camino organic & fair-trade semi-sweet chocolate to be exact. Bars of gold I tell you.
These cookies are adapted from my favourite oatmeal cookie made by Giada. The original recipe is from her cookbook Weeknights With Giada. I've seen her make these a few times now. They're hearty and delicious, and they only use a half cup of unsalted butter so they're not greasy. The cinnamon in these also give it something extra special. LOVE cinnamon!
Giada's recipe says it makes a dozen cookies, but if you want big giant ones it will only make about 9. Make sure you keep an eye on them while they bake so they don't burn. They took the full 15 minutes in my oven to be perfectly baked and golden. The hardest part was waiting for them to cool. Now where's the fun in that?!
Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 9 big cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into large chunks
- Preheat the oven to 350* F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Then add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the flour mixture.
- Add the oats, cranberries and chocolate chunks, mixing until just incorporated.
- Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop slightly rounded mounds of the dough into 9 4-oz balls.
- Arrange 6 balls of dough, spaced evenly apart, on each baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, flatten the tops and bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 13 - 15 minutes.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool for 20 minutes (if you can wait that long) before eating.
*Tip* To bring the egg to room temperature, fill a small bowl with hot water and place the egg in it for 2 minutes.
Now to sit down with a cookie and a nice cup of tea for a relaxing end to the day.