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We’re not cowboys; we don’t even live anywhere near cattle ranching territory. Why are these cookies called ‘Cowboy Cookies’? I have no idea! (laughing)
When our son was very little, we bought him this awesome cowboy lunchbox. Inside the lunchbox was a cookbook and four cowboy cookie cutters. Sure, we experimented with several of the recipes inside, but the one recipe we keep coming back to is the recipe for ‘Cowboy Cookies’. It is by far the house favorite!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat your oven to 350º. Mix flour, baking powder, baking side, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugars and beat to combine for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each, then beat in the vanilla extract. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until they are just combined. Add the chocolate chips, oats, coconut, and pecans.
For larger cookies drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, spacing them 3 in. apart. Back for 20-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned; turn the sheets halfway through. For smaller cookies, use 2 tbsp. of dough for each and bake for 15-18.
Allow the cookies to cool and serve with cold milk!
Granted, this recipe does use quite a bit of sugar, butter, and eggs. Keep in mind, this recipe will make either 3 dozen large cookies or 6 dozen small. The more unhealthy ingredients are going a long way. Feel free to substitute your ‘add-ins’ for raisins, walnuts, and leave out the cinnamon if you don’t care for it.
Hmmm… maybe these cookies are called ‘Cowboy Cookies’ because they are dense and filled with wholesome ingredients which would, theoretically, help a cowhand stay filled until his next mealtime. Who knows? I just know they taste awesome and satisfy my man. Good enough for me!
Time to Chime In: How often do you find yourself baking cookies?