Cowboy Cookies

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!

Cowboy Cookies
Recipe Adapted from:  The Food Network

Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
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

Method:
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.

Cowboy Cookies

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2 responses to “Cowboy Cookies

  1. yum! i love cowboy cookies!

  2. I grew up eating these cookies in the 1950s and 1960s. They are great. I always wondered where the name came from, though.

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