What Are Cowboy Cookies?
Packed with oatmeal, pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips, these cookies aren’t shy. They’re big, hearty, now-that’s-a-cookie kind of cookie.
Mrs. Bush’s original recipe is huge, it can easily make 6 dozen cookies. So I’ve made some slight adjustments to cut the recipe in half, which still makes plenty. Feel free to double it back to the original proportions.
Ways to Adapt This Recipe
The bigger the cookie, the more chewy it can be. So if you like chewy cookies, make them big. If you want chewy cookies, cook them just until the edges are browned. If you cook the cookie until it is all nicely browned, it will be more crisp.
If you’d like, you could swap in a different kind of chocolate chip or nut in this recipe. You could also try decreasing the amount of either of these ingredients and adding some dried fruit, like raisins or dried cranberries.
If you’re not a fan of coconut, you could tinker with leaving it out. You could easily add another half cup of oats.
Starting in 1992, Family Circle magazine orchestrated a political bake-off during every presidential election year. It was already commonplace for presidential candidates to release family recipes during their campaign—it helps to humanize the candidates and let voters get to know them more.
But Family Circle decided to up the ante by publishing cookie recipes from the wives of each candidate and asking readers to try baking both and then vote on their favorite. The bake-off results have interestingly almost always predicted the winner of the presidential election, save a couple outliers.
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