April 23, 2014

Cowboy Cookie Recipe (Chocolate, Oat and Coconut Cookies)

In my opinion, one can never have too many cookie recipes in their arsenal, so when I stumbled upon this recipe for Cowboy Cookies in an old cookbook that once belonged to my grandmother, I knew I had to give them a try. Am I ever glad I did! These cookies feature a dense, chewy crumb, and they are studded generously with chocolate chunks, oatmeal and coconut. They were love at first bite for my family, and I am sure they will be for yours, as well!

Cowboy Cookies - Chewy cookies with oatmeal, chocolate chips and coconut. Yum!

Cowboy Cookies

Calories: 6477

Fat: 316g

These cookies feature a dense, chewy crumb and are studded with chocolate chunks, oatmeal and coconut. A real crowd-pleaser!
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chunks (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars together with an electric mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to shortening mixture in three additions, mixing on medium speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add oats, mixing well. Stir in chocolate chunks and coconut.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until cookies are just set. (Cookies will firm up considerably as they cool, so resist the temptation to overbake.) Cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
The cookbook of my grandmother’s where I found this recipe is filled with local recipes from wonderful home cooks in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, many of whom worked and lived on ranches. Since so many of those who originally enjoyed these cookies were cowboys, that is how they got their name.

Using shortening in this recipe results in a cookie that is chewy, gooey and oh so delicious!

Cowboy Cookies - Chewy cookies with oatmeal, chocolate chips and coconut. Yum!

My son promptly dunked his first cookie into a tall glass of milk, which I would say might be the perfect serving suggestion for these beauties. 🙂

Cowboy Cookies - Chewy cookies with oatmeal, chocolate chips and coconut. Yum!

Craving even more cookie and bar cookie recipes? Don’t miss these other delicious varieties!

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Blueberry Brown Sugar Cookies

Fudge Brownies

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Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid


2 Responses to Cowboy Cookie Recipe (Chocolate, Oat and Coconut Cookies)

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