Monday, October 5, 2009

Cowboy Cookies

These cookies are kind of a compilation of a few different recipes and ideas. First, I'd like to give credit to Rob's Aunt Sally (we totally love her for her spirit and generosity!) who makes the best cookies ever! I have expanded her recipe (courtesy of the Teague family cookbook) to include some extra flavors...I urge you to test at least one cookie to see if more flour or oats should be added...I have a tendency to make foods different every time I try (and never follow recipes to a "tee")-why I like to cook instead of bake!

Now, I'll be honest: I am horrendous at making cookies for this very simple reason-I'm lazy. I only like making things that I can mix together in one bowl, pop it in the oven (of course not set the timer) and take it out when it smells delicious. Unfortunately, my husband is crazy in love with cookies. I mean, two days ago when I came home I found him with a handful of cookies and a Sam Adams (he's never been happier).

Anyway, I add sesame seeds, flax seeds, coconut, walnuts and oatmeal to my cowboy cookies and I like to pretend that they are just as healthy as Kashi cookies. The result is a nutty and decadent experience!

Cowboy Cookies

2/3 cup shortening

2/3 butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

20 oz chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

1/4 cup sesame seeds, untoasted

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream shortening, butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips. Stir in chips and nuts. Chill dough for at least five hours, preferably overnight (very important. I use a small ice cream scoop to create uniform cookies. If the batter appears too "rich", add more oats and flour. Bake 8-10 minutes at 370 degrees or until browned.


  1. Sounds good! I'll make them soon. I'm on a cookie kick this week.

    I'm on my way to the dairy to get butter, whipping cream, and whole milk (even though it's packaged in plastic.) :)

  2. sounds yummy! I'm adding them to my 'baking to do' list :)

  3. marion, you're such a rebel, buying milk in plastic! :)

    Annika...these cookies are so good, but do occasionally turn out to be very rich (just ask Jamie! :) I said, I would maybe "test bake" one and see if more flour or oats should be added...
    let me know how they turn out! :)

  4. Hi Kirsten, I made these cookies with a little modification. I used whole wheat flour, I am trying not to use white flour and I added 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon. I loved them.
    Check your baking powder can, does it say aluminum free? If not than you are putting aluminum in your body. Thanks for sharing your reciepes, I made a few of them.