My Happy Place | Cowboy Cookies

cookies and tapestry

This is my happy place. My favorite cookies, a cup of strong coffee and some good books. If I have someone I love by my side, that makes the moment even sweeter.

Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy Cookies

Although I enjoy almost anything that contains a mix of butter, sugar, and vanilla, I have been eating this particular cookie for my entire life. And it’s a special one. The cowboy cookie is famous amongst my friends and family. Though it seems quite simple, it is a mysterious little treat. Over the past year, I would estimate that I have made approximately 30 batches, and each time they taste a little bit different.

The original recipe comes from an old family cookbook that my grandma put together, but more specifically it comes from my mother. It really does hold a special place in my heart because more often than not, I make them by her side.

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Cathi’s Cowboy Cookies

Each time cowboy cookies are made, the baker is given full control to add, subtract, or substitute ingredients as they see fit. It is not only allowed, but encouraged. This most recent batch was one of my attempts to make the cookie lean toward the healthy side. It may not be leaning very far, but it is leaning nonetheless! Anyway.. Below are both the original recipe, and an example of how you can add your own twist.

Cathi’s Cowboy Cookies

(makes several dozen)

  • 1 cup butter of margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  •  1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 pkg. chocolate chips (preferably semi-sweet or dark)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans recommended)

Cream sugar, butter, eggs & vanilla till fluffy. Mix together the dry ingredients and add to wet mixture. Add oats and chocolate chips. Drop on un-greased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

These cookies are great at any temperature, but I highly recommend eating them right out the oven or freezing them.

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Cathi’s Cowboy Cookies | Second Edition

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  •  ¼ shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 pkg. dark or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (preferably almonds and pecans)

Cream honey, coconut oil, eggs & vanilla till fluffy. Mix together the dry ingredients and add to wet mixture. Add oats and chocolate chips. Some extra flour may need to be added to the dough. You may want to refrigerate the dough for 20 to 30 minutes prior to scooping. Drop small balls of dough on un-greased cookie sheets. *Optional: Add a small pinch of course sea salt onto the top of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

*Same rules apply with freezing cookies.

cookies_2I hope you find these cookies to be as delightful as I do. Whether you choose the tried-and-true cowboy cookie, or decide to go the creative route, these cookies are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Happy baking!

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