Cowboy Cookies: Treat Number Eight

I couldn’t bring myself to bake for a few days after the lively parade of holiday treats, both created by myself and dropped off by neighbors. I simply paced around the kitchen, nibbling carrot sticks and drinking green smoothies.

But before I knew it, a few sticks of butter had crept out of the fridge and landed on the counter. I had leftover coconut from another creation, so you get Cowboy Cookies for Treat Number Eight! My husband argued that these are actually called ‘Ranger Cookies’ (must be a regional thing?) However, since my husband is a park ranger, I think I’m going to create something extra-special to call a Ranger Cookie.

Cowboy Cookies

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cup butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
2 1/2 cups flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1) Cream brown sugar and butter together until very light and fluffy (beat on high for several minutes.) Add eggs and vanilla, beating well after each addition. Stir in coconut.

2) In separate bowl, whisk flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

3)  Add flour mixture to butter and sugar, mixing until just combined. Fold in almonds and chocolate chips.

4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown on bottom and just cooked on top. These cookies do not spread much, so it’s best to flatten them if you don’t want little oatmeal mounds.

For smaller cookies, cook 10-12 minutes. For larger cookies, cook 15-17 minutes. Cooking time will depend on your oven and  cookie size.

Note: Although you can bake these cookies right away, I found that aging the dough for a night in the fridge produced a more flavorful cookie. Bring dough to room temperature before baking for easier scooping.

Comments 5

  1. Laurel Stelzer wrote:

    Hi Anna! I think we’re all in the same boat about treats…although I am trying to clear our my dessert freezer space before Saturday by inviting friends to play dessert roulette (everything is in identical foil wrapped packages – you never know what you’re going to get). So, a suggestion: how about some treats which are actually healthy but at the same time are decadent and luscious? Greek yogurt fits that bill for me, and roasted veggies… After getting a feel for how you eat, I’m sure you have a million things in your rotation. Happy new year! :)

    Posted 29 Dec 2010 at 11:19 pm
  2. Anna wrote:

    I love it–dessert roulette!
    Mmmmm…healthy luscious treats: Greek yogurt is a great one, especially with a little homemade granola on top. There some pretty decent fiberlicious muffins out there, and I, of course, adore smoothies made with all fruits and veggies. I like where this is going. I’ll do a little thinking for the next 4 treats.

    Posted 30 Dec 2010 at 1:59 am
  3. LimeCake wrote:

    I adore thick, chunky cookies exactly like these! They look delicious! Happy New Year!

    Posted 30 Dec 2010 at 11:05 am
  4. Anna wrote:

    Happy New Year to you too, thanks for stopping by. However, after all of these cookies some of the veggie soup over at Limecake may be in order.

    Posted 31 Dec 2010 at 4:13 am
  5. Elaine wrote:

    I should be working but instead I’m salivating over this recipe. I will likely make these this week! Oatmeal=healthy, right?

    Posted 06 Jul 2011 at 9:10 pm

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