I first heard about cowboy cookies a while back and just tucked it away in my mind for a rainy day. Well it wasn’t raining today, but our cookie jar was empty and my daughter was hollaring for some cookies! I was running low on ingredients and remembered this recipe so I checked and I had MOST of the ingredients, and could substitute stuff for what I was lacking (I’ll post what I did).
These cookies are PHENOMENAL!! Seriously, you need to try these pronto. I didn’t have the chocolate chips so I used some mini M&M’s which worked fine and added some fun color for my daughter to enjoy. It made a ton of cookies, which worked out because my cookie jar is now full and while they were baking, we received a dinner invitation so I’ll bring some along with us for our hosts!
Recipe Adapted from: The Food Network
1 cup shortening
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tube mini M&M’s (available in the checkout lane at the supermarket)
1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together the shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Add the oats, nuts, M&M’s (or chocolate chips) and coconut. Mix till combined. Bake 8-10 minutes until turning golden, then remove. Cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.