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Cowboy Cookies are loaded with coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, and oats giving them a variety of flavors and textures!!

Tasty cowboy cookies really pack a flavor punch and are sure to make your go-to cookie list. If you love variations of chewy oatmeal cookies, then you NEED to try Oatmeal Coconut Cookies and Oatmeal Scotchies.

Close up of a white tray filled with cowboy cookies.

what are cowboy cookies?

Cowboy cookies typically include a variety of nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, and oats. This is where they get their hearty feel and chewy texture.

Apparently former First Lady Laura Bush is known for her cowboy cookie recipe, who knew?! There are slightly different versions, but all follow the basic ingredients.

You may substitute walnuts for pecans, or chocolate chips for white chocolate.

No matter how you pack these texas cowboy cookies, they are totally addictive. They kind of remind me of our well-loved Monster Cookies, which are also packed with filling mix-ins. Which variation do you prefer?

Ingredients measured out for making cowboy cookies.

How to Make them

PREP. Preheat oven to 325°F (175 degrees C).

DRY INGREDIENTS. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

WET INGREDIENTS. Using a large mixing bowl and a hand-held electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and stir until combined.

COMBINE. Gradually stir in your flour mixture ingredients. Add rolled oats, shredded coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

BAKE & COOL. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop onto greased baking sheets, or sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring them from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.

A white bowl filled with cowboy cookies ingredients.

Variations

I will never share a recipe that I am not perfectly happy with, and I loved how these turned out. However, I also know it’s fun to change things up every once in a while and you may even stumble on something you love just as much.

Here are a few variations that you may want to give a try:

  • Chips: Trade the chocolate for white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips.
  • Candy: Add toffee bits, mini Reese’s pieces, or mini M&Ms.
  • Fruit: Add raisins or dried cranberries.
  • Chewier: For a chewier cookie remove the white sugar and use 1 ¾ c brown sugar.
Mixing the batter for cowboy cookies in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips

Nuts. The pecans in these give a delicious nutty flavor and a bit of a crunchy texture. Or use chopped walnuts or even almonds. Another option, to deepen the flavor, is to toast them first. 

  • To toast: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes flipping them halfway.

Picture perfect. Sometimes I’ll have people ask how I get my cookies to look like they’re from a bakery. The answer is super simple:

  • Roll the dough balls in my hands to make them smooth.
  • Top the dough balls off with 5 chocolate chips and a few pieces of pecan.
Cowboy cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet.

Storing info

STORE the cooled Cowboy Cookie recipe in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Placing a piece of white bread into the container will help keep the cookies softer.

FREEZE baked cookies. Put each cookie in a foldable sandwich bag and then place them together in a freezer Ziploc. They’ll last for up to 3 months.

FREEZE the cookie dough to be baked later. The dough will last for 3 months. Thaw before baking.

  • Log form. Roll the dough into 1 or 2 logs. Wrap the log(s) with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and freeze.
  • Dough balls. Form the dough into balls and line them up on a tray. Place them in the freezer until they are all solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe storage container.
Close up of a white tray filled with cowboy cookies.

Recipe FAQ

Why are they called cowboy cookies?

No one really knows for sure. Some claim they originated in Texas, others say they were actually the “first power bar of the plains”–a nutrient dense snack that could withstand long journeys in the saddle bag.

What type of oats should I use for cowboy cookies?

Use either old-fashioned oats or quick oats in the recipe but stay away from steel-cut oats.

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5 from 13 votes

Cowboy Cookies Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Cowboy Cookies are loaded with coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, and oats giving them a variety of flavors and textures!!
Servings: 48
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 28 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed down
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans coarsely chopped
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F (175 degrees C).
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl or stand mixer, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Gradually stir in your sifted ingredients. Add rolled oats, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325 for 11 – 13 minutes. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring them from the baking sheet.

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Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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17 Comments

  1. Brett says:

    Cinnamon is in the ingredients but not the recipe. When should it be added in?

  2. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    One of my favorite cookie recipes!! So yummy!