Saturday, October 9, 2010

UPDATED 10/12: Cowboy Cookies

Update: I made these again yesterday and tweaked the recipe slightly. As mentioned in the original post, I was going to swap out the pecans for pistachios, which I did.  But I also added a few sprinkles of coarse sea salt on the top of each cookie before baking. These cookies were good before but now they are WOW!

Somehow (don't ask me how), this recipe is attributed to George and Barbara Bush...but since this is not a political blog, we won't go any further down that road.

I can see why they may have gotten the name "Cowboy Cookies." They are mighty hearty and could come in very handy on those long, lonely trips on the open range (yeah, ok, like I know anything about that being from New Jersey). These are not delicate, genteel cookies. Take a bite - we're talking COOKIE. Oats, chocolate chips (I used Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips), toasted pecans, coconut.  They are made with bread flour which gives them a little more heft, but it's sifted so these are not heavy at all. 

I've made them twice in one week (they were a big hit at my day job) which should give you some idea of how good they are. The second time, I added dried cherries just because I could and I thought they needed something fruity. My husband has requested a batch with pistachios instead of pecans so that's next on deck. 

I got the recipe from a site sponsored by GE Monogram Appliances called All in Good Food. 

If you're the outdoorsy, ride the trails, take a hike type, these would be perfect in your backpack.  If you're the get in my comfy chair and read a good book type, these would be great with a strong cup of coffee.  Either way, you can't miss. Thanks, Barb.

Cowboy Cookies

3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Sticks Butter - Softened
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 Cups Oats
1 Cup Coconut
1 Cup Pecans - Toasted

  1. Cream the butter and sugars together until creamy
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  4. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until combined
  5. Add the chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans and mix until combined
  6. Scoop and bake at 400 until done - about 11 minutes

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