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.
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!
Here’s a look at Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. This is one terrific cookie!
These amazing cookies are filled with chocolate chips, pecans, oatmeal and coconut.
The taste and texture of Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies is wonderful.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Put softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut and chopped pecans.
Stir all ingredients together.
Scoop dough with a cookie scoop.
Set balls on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake in 350 oven 17-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are always a crowd pleaser!
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.)
- 3 to 3½ 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.)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix sugars, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon with an electric mixer until well combined.
- Stir in flour, chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans with a wooden spoon.
- For each cookie, drop ¼ cup of dough onto cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spacing 3 inches apart.
- Bake 17-20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
- Remove to rack to cool.
You can also use a large ice cream scoop portion out the cookie dough.
If you don't prefer a strong cinnamon taste, cut the amount from one tablespoon to one teaspoon.
If you use a bleached flour you may need to use a full 3½ cups flour.
Chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut and pecans work so well together in this cookie.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are scrumptious treats that are great for holiday baking, office parties, or anytime you want a tasty dessert.
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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