Cowboy Cookies




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Cowboy cookies are the bigger and heartier denizens of the cookie world. With oats in there they have a great texture to them and the chocolate chips inside deliver all sorts of satisfaction. In my opinion, these cookies get the job done in style.

Every time I make them they get eaten fast so I'll often make a double batch and keep one half in the fridge for a couple days and bake them later.

They're also quick and easy to make. The dough comes together in a flash and within 45 minutes or so the first batch is already cooling on the counter.

Step 1: Ingredients

Feel free to play around with the add-ins at the end. Add some nuts or raisins if you want. Just keep those oats in there. That's where the texture comes from and you don't want to mess with that. Extra spices are an option, too. Some people also use a little more sugar, up to 3/4 cup of each.

dry ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

wet ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

Step 2: Mix It Up

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Beat the sugars and the butter together in a second bowl until it is creamy and some peaks form.
  3. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla in the second bowl until combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in batches and beat it together until combined.

Step 3: Add the Fun

The fun is the chocolate and oats. This is where we get the awesome texture and explosions of chocolatey goodness. Stir it in and your dough is ready to rock.

Step 4: Bake It!

Butter some cookie sheets.

Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup as a scoop for your dough.

Roll the dough into a ball and place it on the cookie sheet. Then press it down so that it's a thick disk.

Put in the oven for 14 to 16 minutes. I like my cookies to be a little chewier and softer so I tend to be on the short side. If you like it crunchier, leave it in a touch longer.

Step 5: Cool It!

Let the cookies cool on the sheet for five minutes and then transfer them to wire racks. After another five minutes they'll be ready to go. Eat them or store them for a few days, it's up to you.

This recipe yields about 20 cookies.

Step 6: Enjoy

These cookies go great with milk or coffee or just on their own.

Eat 'em up and plan out what you're going to cook next.



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    24 Discussions


    6 years ago

    Whoa! This almost the exact same recipe for the chocolate chip cookies we grew up with in my house! (My friends adamantly remind me that they are "oatmeal chocolate chip cookies", but to me they are just chocolate cookies!)
    They keep really well in a freezer and taste amazing frozen at that! :)

    Made these tonight, WOW, easy and absolutely delicious! I added 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and used half whole wheat pastry flour/half AP flour, but those were my only changes :)

    I'm at high altitude, so mine spread a bit more and took a bit less time to finish, but the recipe itself is PERFECT.

    Five stars! :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    the first thing to come to mind when i saw the title, "Forget Oreos, eat Cool j cookies. Im Bad.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    OMG. You have no idea how happy this post makes me. My mother and I have been making Cowboy Cookies for ever. My grandma cut the recipe out of a newspaper when Mom was a little girl.. These are literally my childhood wrapped up in a warm cookie.

    1 reply

    These cookies are amazing. These are now officially my favorite cookie recipe. YOU MUST TRY IT!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made these a while back and boy does it make a lot of dough. My cookies turned out to be about 6 inches in diameter but boy were they good.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made these earlier today- they were delicious! I mixed in a cup of chopped pecans. These are much more filling than most cookies too.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Could be a nice "Granola Bar" substitute with some type of dried fruit (cherry, raisin, craisin, apricot) and extra grains or seeds.

    Nice work I'm making them tonight.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely delicious. I added sunflower seeds.They can get a little dry, so don't overcook!


    Thanks for this recipe!! I made them and everybody in my house loved it, a problem is that, I'm from Brazil and here we don't find as easily the morsels.. we have nestle here but not the morsels...
    I had some trouble finding it..also the chocolate quality werent that good, even though the cookies were great!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa wait a second, you forgot the shredded coconut! My mom has shredded coconut in her recipe for these cookies. She has been making these for years now, and your absolutely correct in saying these things disappear as fast as they are cool enough to eat. Excellent Photography in this instructable, Fungus. Good enough to be in a cookbook. Cheers!

    3 replies

    I don't know if I would say that I forgot it. :)

    That's certainly a common option for this recipe. I'm not fond of the stuff myself, though.

    Thanks for the compliment. Taking pictures is half the fun.

    jeff-ofungus amungus

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Forget the coconut and raisins. White chocolate coated cranberries, on the other hand... Mmmm...