Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

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!

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

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

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

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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

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Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

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

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Stir all ingredients together.

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Scoop dough with a cookie scoop. 

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

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

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

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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.)

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Laura Bush's lovely oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.
Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
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.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You will need a very large bowl to mix the ingredients.

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

NOTE: If you don't prefer a strong cinnamon taste, cut the amount from one tablespoon to one teaspoon.

NOTE: If you use a bleached flour you may need to use a full 3 1/2 cups flour.

 

[b]Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Bettie Raye when we worked together at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX; source: [url href=”http://www.familycircle.com/recipes/desserts/past-presidential-cookie-bake-off/?page=2″ target=”_blank” title=”laura bush’s cowboy cookies”]Family Circle[/url] Presidential Bake Cook-Off
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Serves: 36
Laura Bush’s lovely oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.
Ingredients
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank”]Gold Medal[/url] 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.[br][br]You can also use a large ice cream scoop portion out the cookie dough.[br][br]If you don’t prefer a strong cinnamon taste, cut the amount from one tablespoon to one teaspoon.[br][br]If you use a bleached flour you may need to use a full 3 1/2 cups flour.

 

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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.

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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. 

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

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43 Replies to "Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies"

  • comment-avatar
    Vera September 27, 2016 (11:34 am)

    Made these delicious cookies for the weekend for my family and they loved the cookies
    The recipe was easy to make too doesn’t use alot of ingredients!!!! GREAT TREAT😍

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      Teresa September 27, 2016 (7:47 pm)

      Yes, they really are terrific cookies, Vera. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Patty December 29, 2015 (12:40 am)

    I think these cookies would have been excellent using less cinnamon. One tablespoon seemed excessive but I followed the recipe. It overpowered the rest of the ingredients. Perhaps one teaspoon?

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      Teresa December 29, 2015 (6:02 pm)

      Hi, Patty. I’m sorry you didn’t like the cinnamon taste in the cookie. One tablespoon cinnamon is what Laura Bush’s recipe called for so I kept it the same. By all means, feel free to cut it down to one teaspoon if that’s better for you and your family.

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    teresa May 20, 2015 (1:12 pm)

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

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      Teresa May 20, 2015 (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.

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    Veronica Petzold December 23, 2014 (9:16 pm)

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

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      Teresa December 23, 2014 (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.

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    Patti August 16, 2014 (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!!

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      Teresa August 16, 2014 (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.

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        Patti August 17, 2014 (9:40 am)

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

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    E. DODD August 3, 2014 (8:41 am)

    4 oz = 0.113398227359 kg

    a POUND OF BUTTER IS 16 OZ

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    Judith Piggott July 27, 2014 (4:43 am)

    Thanks to all for info. Regards Judith Piggott.

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    Judith Piggott July 26, 2014 (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 .

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      Anonymous July 26, 2014 (8:41 pm)

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

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      Gaylene July 26, 2014 (8:42 pm)

      A stick of butter is 4 oz.

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      Teresa July 27, 2014 (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.

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      Lynda Womack July 29, 2014 (7:13 pm)

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

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        Cyndi July 9, 2015 (8:57 am)

        Lynda,

        I think you meant 8 tablespoons = 4 ozs. 🙂

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      elaine March 9, 2016 (4:39 pm)

      Each (one) stick of margarine or butter equal = 1/4 cup, or 4 oz.

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        Teresa March 10, 2016 (3:44 pm)

        Hi, Elaine. Each stick of butter equals 8 tablespoons or 4 ounces, but that is equivalent to 1/2 cup. 2 sticks = 1 cup, 4 sticks or a 1-lb. package = 2 cups.

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    mmmarzipan November 6, 2012 (6:15 am)

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

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      Teresa November 6, 2012 (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!

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    petit4chocolatier November 6, 2012 (5:53 am)

    These look delicious! I remember the cook off : )

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa November 6, 2012 (10:13 am)

      Thanks. They are delicious.

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    Vina'sdeliciousrecipes ! November 6, 2012 (12:12 am)

    Hi !This looks incredible as usual!

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      Teresa November 6, 2012 (10:15 am)

      Thank you so much. Appreciate your kind comments.

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    ngnrdgrl November 5, 2012 (10:08 pm)

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

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      Teresa November 6, 2012 (10:35 am)

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

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    cindy knoke November 5, 2012 (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.

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      Teresa November 5, 2012 (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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