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Monday
Mar092009

Sugar Crash: An Unusual Introduction to the Cowboy Cookie

Cookie Sandwich
Sometimes a new baked good just comes crashing into your life--full throttle, no apologies, no turning back.

The Cowboy Cookie was such a treat for us--literally.

You see, not so long ago, a car crashed into the house neighboring the CakeSpy Headquarters. No, really. See?
Car Crash!
It crashed right into the kitchen, where said neighbor happened to be at the time of the crash--in the middle of mixing up some cookie batter.
Dough ballsDough
Well, needless to say their oven was not OK, so we found ourselves in the unique position of having inherited a batch of cookie dough, all ready to bake. And so preheat the oven we did, and about half an hour later, we had a fresh batch of cookies. What resulted was a mysterious, yet delicious, cookie. They had oats, but couldn't quite be called an oatmeal cookie; they had chocolate chips, and yet we wouldn't quite call them a chocolate chip cookie. And did we detect a pecan or two?
Cookies
Turns out, they're called Cowboy Cookies--and with their dramatic entrance, they've certainly lassoed our hearts--and with an extra dab of chocolate frosting in between, they're bound to corral the affections of just about any cookie lover.

Stack of cookies
There are a number of varieties of the Cowboy Cookie to be found online, and they're certainly an easy one to personalize to taste; but in case you're curious, this recipe that we found on Martha Stewart seemed very close to the ones that we had:

Cowboy Cookies

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch chunks (1 cup)
  • 3 ounces (3/4 cup) pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray, line with parchment, and spray parchment. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder into a medium bowl.
Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium-high until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Reduce speed to low, and slowly add flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Beat in oats, chocolate, pecans, and coconut until combined. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a small spoon, drop dough onto baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
Bake until edges of cookies begin to brown, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire rack, and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks. Let cool. (Cookies can be stored up to 3 days.)

 

Reader Comments (38)

Yum! These look great! I just did sandwich cookies on my blog too. What a coincidence:)

March 11 | Unregistered Commenternutmegnanny

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March 11 | Unregistered Commentervincent

Hello,


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM!!! YUM!!!.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

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March 11 | Unregistered Commentervincent

Oh yum on cowboy cookies...a bake shop in San Luis Obispo CA used to sell them fresh...oh so good!

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterRockerJewlz

I love a recipe that comes with a story. And what a unique story! Those cookies sound like everything I look for in a choco chip cookie! Yummmmm :D

Ooooh Cakespy, Cowboy cookies - wow those cookies look divine!!

March 12 | Unregistered Commenter♥Rosie♥

we used to make cowboy cookies at work everyday. we called them laura bush cookies because she brought the recipe to the hotel once. so decadent with a million ingredients in them.

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterAran

Sound similar to Ranger cookies which my mom made for my brother with corn flakes and butterscotch because he couldn't eat chocolate chips or raisins. It's the coconut that made me think they might be the "same" cookie.

March 13 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

oh my. i can't stop drooling over this!

March 16 | Unregistered CommenterMinx

WE call them pantry cookies or kitchen sink cookies.
No chocolate chips and walnuts instead of pecans.

They're hands down some of the best cookies ever. I think these might have been the first recipe I ever posted online, way back when ;-)

May 22 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Need some milk with those cookies!

My son eats, breathes, lives ANYTHING about cowboys, http://www.cowboycoloringbooks.com so I'm going to have to try these cookies...LOL
December 14 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
My mother-in-law always made these. They never lasted three days with everyone devouring them. My son didn't like nuts growing up, but he always loved these.

She sometimes made a double batch and put the second batch in the freezer as a "roll" that she just needed to cut when company unexpectedly showed up.

My mother-in-law never shared recipes even though she was an outstanding cook. I have been grateful for recipes like this.
August 18 | Unregistered CommenterLynda
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