Cookie Friday: Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies (via Brown Eyed Baker)

Yield: 3 dozen large cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 12 minutes

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
2 cups (8 ounces) chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or line with a silicone baking mat.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugars and continue to beat until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. With a wooden spoon or large rubber spatula stir in the chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.

4. For each cookie, drop ¼ cup dough onto the baking sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Bake until the edges are set but the middles still look light and puffy, about 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Cool cookies on the baking sheets.

I halved the recipe because I didn’t want to try to mix the whole huge batch by hand with my wimpy whisk. They are so delicious. I love big, soft cookies! They were like a cross between chocolate chip & oatmeal raisin cookies. Oh. I skipped the pecans because I’m not crazy about nuts in cookies. The key with these cookies is to follow direction #4 and only bake until the edges are set. The middle will turn out just fine after they sit for a few minutes!

Guess what these cookies are perfect for?

A little pre-race fuel for our ranch run tomorrow morning!!

And guess whose original recipe this is?

Former First Lady Laura Bush! This was the recipe she submitted to a Family Circle cookie bakeoff by Laura Bush during the 2000 Presidential campaign. They went up against Tipper Gore’s ginger snaps, and these babies won hands-down (via BrownEyedBaker).

Time to pack up!

Last week’s Cookie Friday: Mint Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
P.S.  @Amy O. – Here’s the song I was thinking of while baking these cookies. I didn’t know it had such a sweet music video. Haha.