Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

This is a marvelous cookie! Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are loaded with pecans, coconut, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and flavored with cinnamon. We have made this tasty cookie several times for our Christmas baking extravaganza when we bake 2,500 to 5,000 cookies (usually over a 3-day period) for friends, family, co-workers, church members, seminary staff, neighbors, and doctors and others we want to bless with a batch of Christmas cookies. And, yes, we are usually exhausted when it is all over!

This recipe was given to me by a co-worker, Bettie Raye, when we worked together in the Financial Aid office at Dallas Baptist University. Mrs. Bush submitted these cookies to Family Circle magazine back in 2000 during the presidential campaign for a presidential bake-off with Tipper Gore. The Fort Worth Star-Tribune carried this recipe in 2001. The Washington Post carried this recipe in 2005. We love these cookies. I think they are supposed to be baked in really large sizes so I used a large cookie scoop for mine.

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies is a great recipe to include for your holiday baking, but it is also one that can be made all year round since the ingredients are always available. You may want to try this delicious cookie recipe soon! I am grateful for the former first lady sharing this marvelous cookie recipe.

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies is a featured recipe at Recipe Lion. You can find the recipe here.

When I initially posted this recipe in November 2012, I was still using an iPhone 3 for a camera since it was the first year of my food blog. After the first year I began using a Canon so the pictures became decidedly better. As a result, I’ve been going back through all those first year recipes and remaking them so I can retake the pictures. I made these cookies (June 2015) for a youth swim party at our house last month. They were eaten like hot cakes!

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Here’s a look at Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. This is one terrific cookie!

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

These amazing cookies are filled with chocolate chips, pecans, oatmeal and coconut.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

The taste and texture of Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies is wonderful.

 

Here’s what I did.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

I used these ingredients.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Put softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut and chopped pecans.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Stir all ingredients together.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Scoop dough with a cookie scoop. 

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Set balls on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Bake in 350 oven 17-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are always a crowd pleaser!

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Here’s a heap of these fantastic cookies.

 

Here’s the recipe.

LAURA BUSH’S COWBOY COOKIES

(Recipe adapted from Bettie Raye, a co-worker when we worked at Dallas Baptist University. Source: Family Circle.)

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies
 
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Laura Bush's lovely oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.
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Recipe type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (1 ½ bags)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans (8-oz.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon with an electric mixer until well combined.
  3. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans with a wooden spoon.
  4. For each cookie, drop ¼ cup of dough onto cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spacing 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake 17-20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  6. Remove to rack to cool.
Notes
You will need a very large bowl to mix the ingredients.

You can also use a large ice cream scoop portion out the cookie dough.

 

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut and pecans work so well together in this cookie.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are scrumptious treats that are great for holiday baking, office parties, or anytime you want a tasty dessert.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #oatmeal #cookies were a presidential winner. #dessert #chocolate

These cookies have great crunch with the oatmeal, pecans and coconut, and then add the taste of softened chocolate chips and you have one marvelous cookie. 

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36 Responses to “Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies”

  1. May 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    may I use margaine instead of butter and if I can how much do I put in

    • May 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi, Teresa, you can use margarine in the recipe, though it may change the texture and taste slightly. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Veronica Petzold
    December 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    How many cookies does this make and should you chill the dough?

    • December 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Veronica, this makes 36 large cookies. I don’t recall ever chilling the dough except during the holidays when I’m making up 5-10 batches of this cookie at a time and I put it in the refrigerator overnight for the next day.

  3. Patti
    August 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    These cookies look so good!! I can’t wait to taste them but I have a question. How do I judge how much flour to use? It says 3 to 3 1/2 cups. Thanks!!

    • August 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Patti, If the mixture seems a little gooey at 3 cups, add an additional half cup. That way the cookies won’t flatten out too much while you bake them. (I always go with more rather than less flour). Hope that helps.

      • Patti
        August 17, 2014 at 9:40 am #

        Thank you!!!! I didn’t know that!

  4. August 3, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    4 oz = 0.113398227359 kg

    a POUND OF BUTTER IS 16 OZ

  5. July 27, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    Thanks to all for info. Regards Judith Piggott.

  6. July 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi , I am emailing you from New-Zealand so hope that you can reply. I want to make these delicious Laura Bush cookies but could you tell me how much is a stick of butter is. We use ounces or grams. I am making a guess that it would be 3 ounces. Thanks for the wonderful recipes on your site. Looking forward to more Regards Judy .

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      3 sticks butter = 12 ounces OR 3/4 lb. OR 1 1/2 cups
      Hope that helps.

    • Gaylene
      July 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      A stick of butter is 4 oz.

    • July 27, 2014 at 3:52 am #

      Hey Judy, 2 sticks equal 1 cup or 8 ounces. 1 stick equals 4 ounces. 4 sticks equal 2 cups and weigh one pound. I hope that helps.

    • Lynda Womack
      July 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      1 Stick of butter equals 8 tablespoons or 8 ozs. Good luck.

      • Cyndi
        July 9, 2015 at 8:57 am #

        Lynda,

        I think you meant 8 tablespoons = 4 ozs. :)

  7. November 6, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    How wonderful! They look yummy and it’s lovely that you share cookies with so many :)

    • November 6, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks. We have been doing it almost 35 years! It started out as gifts for family one of the first years we were married because we couldn’t afford anything else. I probably only made 3 or 4 batches of cookies back then!

  8. November 6, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    These look delicious! I remember the cook off : )

    • November 6, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks. They are delicious.

  9. November 6, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Hi !This looks incredible as usual!

    • November 6, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      Thank you so much. Appreciate your kind comments.

  10. November 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    They look fabulous! I love oatmeal and coconut in cookies. All those pictures are making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing! 😀

    • November 6, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      You’re welcome. I love making cookies. There will be a lot more before the year is over!

  11. November 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Teresa-
    This looks like a wonderful recipe. I read Laura Bush’s biography and she said that “it is better if I don’t cook!” I thought this was funny and remember it. Someone said someone cooks for them. But maybe she used to make cookies. Anyway, they look great.

    • November 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Yeah, she submitted these to Family Circle in 2000 for a presidential campaign bake off with Tipper Gore. They really are delicious.

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