Cowboy Cookies – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these Cowboy Cookies are filled with chocolate chips, oats, toasted coconut and toasted pecans.
I love an easy, quick-to-whip-up dessert and cookies always fit the bill! I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookies, but decided to level up my Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and turn them into Cowboy Cookies.
What Are Cowboy Cookies?
While the origins of a Cowboy Cookie are not entirely known (some say cowboys were eating something similar in the 1800s while out on the trail), they were made popular by former First Lady Laura Bush. Back in 1992, Family Circle magazine started a political bake-off during election year, where presidential candidates released family recipes during their campaign. To up the ante, Family Circle asked the wives of each candidate to submit recipes and then readers baked both and voted for their favorite. The results of the bake-off almost always predicted the winner of the election too!
In 2000, Laura Bush debuted her Cowboy Cookies, beating out Tipper Gore’s gingersnap cookie recipe. These oat-filled, pecan-filled, coconut-filled chocolate chip cookies have been a crowd favorite ever since.
How Do You Make Cowboy Cookies?
To create my Cowboy Cookie recipe, I started with my Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. To account for the oats, pecans and coconut, I removed a cup of flour and added more leavening agents, as well as cinnamon. I love cinnamon in my cookies!
To make Cowboy Cookies, you’ll make a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and dump in all the extras. I toasted my pecans and coconut to amp up the flavor, but it’s not necessary.
While these cookies bake and cool on the thinner side, the texture is perfection! Crispy around the edge and soft and chewy in the center.
Ingredients You Need to Make Cowboy Cookies
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
Can I Substitute the Pecans in Cowboy Cookies?
Yes, you can absolutely switch out the pecans for another nut of your choice. Walnuts would be the perfect replacement. If you have nut allergies and can’t do any nuts, I’d recommend replacing the nuts with Rice Krispie cereal or additional coconut and oats.
What Cookie Scoop Should I Use?
I like to use 2.25″ cookie scoop for my cookies. THIS brand is one of my favorites.
You can certainly use a smaller scoop. Just make sure to adjust your time by a few minutes – closer to 8 to 10 minutes.
Best Cookie Recipes
In the mood for more cookies? I’ve got you covered! Give these favorites a try:
- Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
- Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
- Copycat Magnolia Cookie