These cookies are made brown not because of chocolate, but because of molasses in the dough. But, of course, you can't have a brown cookie with no chocolate in it! So, there are chocolate chips. You also need a bit of crunch in your cookie, so there are nuts. I used a mixture of pecans and walnuts (I didn't bother toasting them). You need some texture in dough beside nuts and chocolate, right? That's where the coconut and oats come in. Finally, you can't have all that and not have some healthy stuff. And there's the dried fruit. I like raisins as my dried fruit in baked goods, so that's what I added. These cookies truly had more add-ins than they had dough!
I, sadly, did not get a chance to taste these cookies, but they were taken to a party and I heard everybody loved them. So I can't honestly recommend these to you, but my taste-testers can. The one thing I heard wasn't so great was that they are very rich, so they should be small. Dorie recommends using a two-tablespoon scoop. I used a one-tablespoon scoop and heard they were too rich, so if you make these you might want to use a heaping teaspoon.