Cowboy Cookie

Total Time:
35 min
25 min
10 min

2 dozen


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and the vanilla and beat until well blended. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add oats, nuts, chocolate chips and coconut, mix until combined. Spoon cookie mixture onto greased foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

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    Very yummy. I added more coconut and used a little less oats along with mini M&M's instead of chocolate chips.
    I made these cookies exactly as written. I've never baked with Cisco before, and I am not sure I will again. These did not bake nicely, and they didn't have any real flavor at all. The only thing they had going for them was the texture they had. Very delicate despite all the stuff that's it in. However, I couldn't taste any coconut, or pecan, or anything else.
    Made these cookies, Yum, Yum. Did not have coconut so used dried cherries soaked in brandy. Also doubled the choc. chips.
    Fantastic cookie!!! I used butter instead of crisco and 2/3 cup of crunchy pecan granola and reduced the oatmeal by 2/3 cups plus I added raisens. Very chewy on the inside.
    Delicious! I add extra chocolate chips and nuts but instead of putting them in the batter I scoop the cookies out and press the extra goodies into the tops and sides of the cookies. They look like they came from the bakery!
    Great cookie recipe makes dozens and keeps well. Great for making Christmas platters. I like them without coconut. I add extra pecans. It's faster cookie making if you just make small balls with your hands 
    Loved this recipie. We live in a high altitude place and these cookies baked up great!! My family loved them. Very yummy!!
    I have made them with just butter and just Crisco and also tried a combination of Crisco and butter. Crisco is the winner. I had also added white chocolate chips, raisins, Heath Bar bits,a couple tablespoon peanut butter. Made 12 doz and gave them out to the office. Raves and when are you going to make them again. Crisco is the way to go.
    I used butter instead of Crisco and they turned out flat and greasy. Thankfully I checked the oven right at 8 mins or they would've been burned too. Reduced oven temp to 325 which helped with the burning. I gave it 5 stars so I wouldn't ruin the rating since I messed up by using butter. I think next time I will just use Food Network Magazine's Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie recipe and add the choc chips and coconut.
    I found the taste to be rather flat, my feeling is it needs more brown sugar [less white] and more vanilla.
    These are the BEST cookies I have ever made and I have made many a cookie. I used butter instead of crisco. I have added white chocolate, raisins (both black and golden, dried blueberries and dried craisins, on top of all the other stuff. Only about 1/2 cup of each. OoooLaaaLaa Do not omit the coconut. Adds so much moisture and sweetness. Also, do not over cook. Crispy on outside, chewy on inside. Exceptional. My kids call these "Cow" cookies! Love 'em and everyone requests them whenever I go. They are requested by all the kids at my daughters dorm. I bake these every week and ship them all over.
    Really delish! I substituted unsalted butter for shortening, walnuts for pecans, and omitted the coconut. Six oz. chocolate chips didn't seem like enough, so I upped it to 10 oz. Also added 2-3 min. to baking time. The recipe says yields 2 dozen - maybe if they are cow pie size! I was able to get 5 dozen heaping teaspoon-size cookies from one batch of this yummy dough.
    thank you this recipe is my favorite, i've tried many recipes and none of the came close to what grandma used to make until now. i split the mixture and mixed the nuts with raisins which were also a big hit at my husbands office. i will most definitely make them again.
    Fantastic! Best cookies I've ever tasted. One thing I would suggest if your batter isn't mixing together like it should, keep adding tablespoons of water until it is perfect. The original recipe was a little dry.
    Excellent cookies, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I will definately make again.
    Very good cookie, but similar to others I have had. Not sure the coconut did anything to the cookie. Best thing about this recipe is that it is super easy. Just grab all the ingredients and start pouring and mixing. Mine needed about 15 minutes to cook to a nice light brown color. Worthy of repeating.
    Crowd pleaser! I'm a nurse and whenever we have a potluck or celebration of any sort, I'm pretty much not even allowed in the hospital without these scrumptious Cowboy Cookies! Sooo yummy! And I make mine BIG...after all, they should live up to their namesake, right? ;-)
    Made it with butter, substituted 1/2 cup wheat germ for the flour. Very good. A bit think for my tast but will add the water the next time and see if that makes them thinner.
    Just like my Mother made 60 years ago, she used walnuts instead of pecans, other than that is is the same, my childrens favorite from grandma too, I will pass this to them, thx
    This cookie tasted just like the one's my grandma used to make on the ranch...she called hers Cowboy Cookie's too...and I wasn't sure if I could remember all the ingredients, but this one came just about perfect!!! Great Job!
    Laura Bush put her "Govenor Mansion Cowboy Cookie" recipe up against Tipper Gore when the hasbands were running for office.It was in all the papers...guess you saw it too!
    This is a good cookie but found that adding about 4 tablespoons worth of water made the dough eaiser to work and the cookies flattened better. The ones we made with the H2O also tasrwd better
    Awesome and yummy. I will make this recipe again.
    These are so good, and really easy to make. Recipe made about 5 dozen.
    I discovered this recipe about 4 months ago. Since then, I have made it several times. My daughter and her friends are constantly requesting these. As the previous reviewer, it is a great basic recipe. My current favorite version is dark chococlate chips and mixing all or part of the flour with soy flour. A must have for every cookie lover.
    Growing up I had a recipe called cowboy cookies that over the years had gotten lost in a move...I missed the recipe(as did my friends and family)...finally by chance I searched the title and found this...same ingredients different portions(I grind the oatmeal as part of the flour mix in the original) but they are perfect as is...slight crisp to the outside and chewy inside....I have used white chocolate and macadamias instead(sometimes with dried cranberries)...different sweetnesses of chocolate and different nuts... just follow the basics and THERE ISN'T A BETTER COOKIE OUT THERE!
    This is a wonderful recipe! I bake cookies all of the time, and this is the best oatmeal recipe I have found. Great consistency and great flavor! I used a cup of toasted pecans and a cup of toffee pieces instead of chocolate chips, and yum! If you like thick, chewy cookies, this is the best recipe you will find.
    the dough was a little crumbly when i made these and i thought they wouldn't turn out, but they baked up wonderfully. i will be making these again.
    Great cookie! The pecans and coconut made them seem so fancy conpared to regular oatmeal chocolate chip. And the kids loved them! Using a cookie scoop the recipe made 5 dozen - a great size for portion control - otherwise the whole batch is gone before you know it!
    They turned out great! Took 12 min to bake.
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