Chocolate Chip Cookies with Everything
about 3 dozen cookies
(from 'Tis the Season: A Vegetarian Christmas Cookbook by Nanette Blanchard)
1/2 c butter, softened
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 T vanilla extract
1 c unbleached flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 c flaked coconut
1/2 c granola or rolled oats
3/4 c chopped pecans or other nuts
3/4 c currants, raisins, or sultanas
1 3/4 c semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer (or a strong arm) to cream together butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients along with everything else. Stir until combined.
Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Grease baking trays and preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the baking trays and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire rack.
Anything and everything can go into these cookies. The additions (chocolate, oats, coconut, etc) total 4 1/2 cups, so feel free to use whatever appeals to you. I would imagine that dried cranberries and white chocolate would be nice together. Use any nuts that you prefer; hazelnuts would be delicious.