The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (2024)

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Have you been searching for The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe? THIS IS IT! Featuring coconut, pecans, cinnamon, chocolate, and oats – these cookies are thick, chewy, and so flavorful!

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Cowboy Cookie Recipe

If there’s one thing I hope you know about me, it’s this: I AM OBSESSED WITH COOKIES!

So when a friend introduced me to Cowboy Cookies a few weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. And a little embarrassed. Because, like… how have I never heard of these incredible cookies before? HOW?

The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (2)They’ve been around for AGES! But they really rose in popularity during the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential campaign. Do you remember this? Apparently Family Circle Mag featured recipes from each of the candidates wives, and then had their readers vote. And Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies beat all of the other submissions black and blue! Although I must confess, Tipper Gore’s Ginger Snaps look pretty darn good, too.

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But I digress! After my brief history lesson, I basically ran to my kitchen and got to work creating my own version of these famous cowboy cookies! I used my chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies as the base. But I added coconut, cinnamon, pecans, and chocolate chips. These are signature ingredients to cowboy cookies, so that’s nothing new. Since we added more dry ingredients to this recipe, I decreased the amount of flour and added an egg yolk, which helps keep the cookie dough moist.

Cowboy Cookie Ingredients

  • butter: we’ll use brown butter because it has SO much flavor!
  • light brown sugar: But dark brown could be used in a pinch! This ingredient adds sweetness and moisture. Be sure to really pack your brown sugar into the measuring cup before adding it to the recipe.
  • granulated sugar: Because we don’t want too much moisture, we use a little granulated sugar, too.
  • eggs: Make sure your eggs are at room temperature! And that they’re large eggs – not medium or extra large. When it comes to eggs, size does matter. So using a smaller or larger variety can totally throw off a recipe.
  • vanilla extract: A generous dash enhances all of the complex flavors in this recipe.
  • flour: Our beloved binder that holds everything together. Use all-purpose flour, for best results. And be sure you’re not packing your flour into the measuring cup. For the most accurate measuring, use a kitchen scale. Or, gently spoon your flour into the measuring cup, then level it off with the flat edge of a knife.
  • baking soda: Our leavening agent, which help the cookies rise.
  • cinnamon: Adds a delightful cinnamon flavor signature to cowboy cookies.
  • salt: Balances out the flavors and ensures the cookies won’t be overly sweet. Skipping salt in baking recipes is a big mistake! The key is to use just a pinch! Trust me!
  • old-fashioned oats: AKA rolled oats! But not to be confused with steel-cut oats or instant oats.
  • shredded coconut: Use sweetened or unsweetened – up to you!
  • pecans: But walnuts can be used, if you prefer!
  • chocolate chips: or chocolate chunks! Up to you!

How to make Cowboy Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Combine butter with both sugars until light and fluffy.
  2. Then add eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl combine cinnamon, flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, beating until just incorporated.
  3. Finally, stir the oats, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans.
  4. Scoop 3-inch balls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 and 1/2 inches between so they have room to spread. Note: this makes BIG cookies. Because you’re using almost 1/4 cup of cookie dough for each. For smaller cookies, decrease the size and bake time!
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until cookies are golden and set at the edges and still slightly soft in the center. They’ll firm up as they cool! So don’t overbake! Cool cookies on baking sheet for 15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Ashley Manila

Have you've been searching for The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe? THIS IS IT! Featuring coconut, pecans, cinnamon, chocolate, and oats - these cookies are thick, chewy, and so flavorful!

4.89 from 54 votes

Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 11 minutes mins

Inactive Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 51 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter melted until browned.
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (319 grams) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/3 cups (270 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (178 grams) old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup (60 grams) sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup (64 grams) pecans, roughly chopped plus more for decorating
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 (F). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  • In a large bowl using a whisk, beat together the browned butter and both sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Don't worry if they look a little separated here.

  • Whisk in the eggs and yolk, beating until well combined. About 45 seconds. Whisk in the vanilla.

  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, oats, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.

  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.

  • Scoop 2-inch balls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2-inches between each ball so they have room to spread.

  • Bake, one sheet at a time, in preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden and set at the edges and still slightly soft in the center.

  • Press extra chocolate chips and pecans on top of cookies when they come out of the oven (optional). Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.

  • Cool cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (12)Cori says

    The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (13)
    I took had crumbly dough that would hardly stay together despite using a scale to measure all ingredients. I am guessing it’s because the butter was measured BEFORE browning rather than AFTER, hence the dry texture of the dough. I will make these again, but I’ll measure the butter after browning. I think this recipe is DELICIOUS and I love that I don’t need to chill the dough.

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  2. The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (14)Michael Mack says

    The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (15)
    Good cookie. Last tray is baking as I type. Will make again. I noticed the dough was dry and crumbly. Tried mixing it more. Nothing. I ended up adding about a 1/4 cup of olive oil. It did the trick. I did squish them down ever so slightly. I also found they baked better at 15 minutes.

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  3. The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (16)Shandi Stillwell says

    The Best Cowboy Cookies Recipe - Baker by Nature (17)
    They were a hit at my house! I used raisins instead of coconut and i had walnuts and decided to chop those and use them. They are big and beautiful and delicious

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