Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies

I recently re-discovered an old favorite cookie recipe in my journal binder- one that I printed out in 2001, over 11 years ago! I was 15 then, and George Bush was a family man role model of mine, so it was only natural that when I discovered this recipe on the Texas Governor's Mansion website, it became a huge favorite of mine. Laura Bush shared this recipe with the world in 2000, and I'm so glad she did. I remember making these for social gatherings and everyone loved them. They are crunchy, chewy, delicious and gooey!

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Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, optional


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
  • 2
    In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars and continue beating to combine, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
  • 3
    For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup (yes, 1/4 cup- these are cowboy cookies!) of dough onto un-greased cookie sheet, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake 17 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove to rack to cool. Makes 2 dozen huge cookies! If you want to make smaller cookies, use a tablespoon scoop and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until lightly browned.

    Tip: Store in an airtight container or zip lock baggies. For maximum enjoyment, pop into the microwave for 10 seconds and enjoy a warm baked treat any time. 

Recipe Copyright 2000 Laura Bush


Bethany said...

Those look amazing!

How do you think they would taste without coconut? It makes me sad to have to omit it, but Jesse is allergic :(

I love getting tried-and-true recipes from friends!

♥ Bethany


Paris said...

Bethany, I'm sure they would still be quite good without the coconut, in fact, some people might even prefer it that way. If you make them, let me know if you like them! ~Paris