I have had this cookie recipe for years and even after trying lots of other cookies we always come back to Cowboy Cookies. I got this recipe from a dear friend whose daughter was attending a really fun pre-school. I would often pick Kennedy up from school on my way home from work. This seems like only yesterday, but Kennedy is now in high school, so I am officially older than I feel.
Kennedy came home very happy one day explaining that she had learned about the presidents of the United States and that Cowboy Cookies were George W. Bush’s favorite cookies. All politics aside, these cookies are AMAZING!
George W. Bush Republican Cowboy Cookies – Laura Bush
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips ( I use milk chocolate or sometimes white for Cowgirl cookies)
2 cups semi-sweet flake coconut ( I use 3 cups because I love coconut)
2 cups chopped pecans ( I never use them because of allergies)
Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar and eggs.*
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together in separate bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer and beat until it is well mixed. Add vanilla, chocolate chips, oatmeal and coconut. This is also where you would add the pecans if you wanted them.
I use this Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop 4 Tablespoons for my cookies. I find it works well if you put four rows of three cookies on one sheet.
Outside of being delicious, a bonus to this recipe is that it makes a lot of cookies. These cookies also freeze incredibly well and taste just as fresh thawed from the freezer as they would the day they are baked. I will often bake a batch of them and then divide the batch up into plastic Ziplock bags. I usually put 4 in a bag and freeze them for after school snacks. Before school is out I pull them out of the freezer and give each child one when they get home. Since the rest of the cookies are in the freezer I don’t have to hear any whining from the kids for more cookies!
These cookies are definitely a win!
* This recipe is too big to fit in a large KitchenAid mixer. You will either have to mix them with a hand mixer or use a large Bosch mixer.