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?
Makes 1 dozen.
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 cinnamon
- 1/8 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
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- First, preheat oven to 350°.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- 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.
- Next, add the egg, vanilla, and milk and continue to blend. Finally add the flour mixture and beat until the dough just comes together.
- Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut by hand.
- Chill this mixture in the fridge for about 1 hour.
- 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.