1 Dozen Cowboy Cookies


I hope there’s only one cowboy in your life because this recipe only makes 1 dozen.  I did not create this recipe from scratch.  I simply took former first lady Laura Bush’s recipe and halved it.  If these cookies are good enough for the President, they’re good enough for me.  I had the privilege of visiting their ranch in Crawford when I was in college and I’ll never forget it.   I can just imagine Laura serving these cowboy cookies with apple cider from her orchard.  Betcha didn’t know apples could be grown in Texas, did you?

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1 Dozen Cowboy Cookies
Makes 1 dozen.
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk from a large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  1. First, preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for about 1 minute to loosen it up. Add the sugars and beat another 2-3 minutes until the sugar is well incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
  4. Next, add the egg, vanilla, and milk and continue to blend. Finally add the flour mixture and beat until the dough just comes together.
  5. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut by hand.
  6. Chill this mixture in the fridge for about 1 hour.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 balls and bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 13-15 minutes until browned. Let cool on cookie sheet 1 minute, then move to a wire rack for cooling.


  1. says

    Oh these are cookies that I like… pecans, chocolate, oats and coconut are favourite ingredients of mine… thanks for sharing these to us!!!

  2. says

    I’ve never made cowboy cookies before, but I like how they’ve got a little bit of everything crammed into such a small package. And with all the nuts and oats, you can almost convince yourself that they’re sort of healthy! ;)

  3. Melanie says

    I made these tonight and they were really good! Mine came out pretty flat and crispy. I might have baked them too long but I thought they were great. My only question is, when do you add in the milk? It is in your list of ingredients but not in the recipe section. I added it at the same time as the eggs…

  4. Kristina says

    these were terrific! perfect amount of dough/cookies for 1 (to enjoy for a couple of days :) )

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