I have come to the conclusion that cowboy cookies came about their name due to the fact that someone who was a cowboy (or someone who lived in Texas – same thing) decided that calling them “chocolate chip cookies with extra stuff” wasn’t catchy enough.
No matter, though – these are thick, chewy-crunchy, delicious and I really wish I had more of them stashed in the freezer…….
Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies – adapted from Laura Bush
3 cups flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tbs. baking soda
1 tbs. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tbs. vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a second bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
Stir in the flour mixture, blending until just combined. Add the chips, oats, coconut, and pecans and stir until fully incorporated.
At this point, I form the cookies and chill them for several hours before I bake them.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure to allow plenty of room between cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.