Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

This is a marvelous cookie! It’s 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 although I rolled them into golf ball sizes for the pictures in this post so they were not too large.

This 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.

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Here’s a look at these delicious cookies.

Here’s a close up view of these amazing cookies.

What can you say? Yum, yum, yum!

Here’s what I did.

Put softened butter in a mixing bowl.

Add sugar.

Add brown sugar.

Add eggs.

Add vanilla.

Add cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

Add flour.

Add oatmeal.

Add chocolate chips.

Add coconut.

Add chopped pecans.

Stir all ingredients together.

Shape into balls.

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.

Here’s what these cookies look like on a plate.

Here’s a heap of these fantastic cookies.

This close up view will give you an idea of the texture.

Here’s a tray of these tasty treats.


Here’s the recipe.


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


3 cups 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 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°. In a large mixing bowl bowl, beat butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until creamy. Stir in flour, oatmeal,  chocolate chips, 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. Makes approximately 3 dozen large cookies.

Here’s a look at these spectacular cookies.

Here’s a close up of one cookie.

Here’s a plate of these cookies. Great for holiday baking or anytime of the year.

I’ve saved a few cookies for you!


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17 Responses to “Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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! :D

    • 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!

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

    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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