Monday, October 22, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies.. or Cowboy Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies sure have a long name, don't they? I tend to like names that give you an idea of the food, but I think I'm pushing it with these, so Cowboy Cookies it is, though I'd love if anybody gave me the reason behind the name

Whatever they're called though, they are absolutely amazing. I made about 2 dozen, an hour ago, and with only 3 people in the house right now, there's about a dozen left. And these were the big bakery style ones, a little bigger than my palm. I totally love those more than the small cookies, because there's such a journey of texture from the outside, crunchy crisp to the chewy almost soft center.

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are high up on the top cookies I've ever eaten, and I have eaten a LOT. From a lot of different parts of the world too, but I keep coming back to the classics, and the larger size. This was made for October's Secret Recipe Club post, from A Spoonful of Thyme. There were a lot of recipes that caught my eye, especially since I have now started cooking occasionally, for fun. But I'm still keeping the blog dessert focused, so I had to change my choices. Even still, there's no lack of options, it's been one of the best blogs I've had, with the kind of choices available.

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make these cookies. My top 10 has to be enough to make you want to try them!

Cowboy Cookies
Adapted from A Spoonful of Thyme
Makes about 15 large bakery sized, or 2 dozen smaller ones

2 sticks [8 oz / 226 g] unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup [150 g] granulated sugar
3/4 cup [140 g] light-brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups [240 g] all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt - omit if using salted butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups [150 g] old-fashioned oats
1 cup [6 oz / 170] semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup pecan halves - I left these out since I'm not a fan of nuts in cookies
1/2 cup [45 g] shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions -
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Grease and line two cookie sheets
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the room temp butter and both sugars, until creamy and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs one a time, beating between each addition. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, if using. Add this into the butter. mixture, beating just until incorporated.
  5. Now beat in the oats, chocolate chips,raisins, nuts and coconut. Dollop about 1/4 cup onto the cookie sheets, and bake for 18-20 minutes, until edges are nicely browned and top is almost firm to touch.


  1. These look amazing! I had some oatmeal raisin cookies last night and remembered how much I love I can't wait to make your recipe :)

  2. Mmmmm....these sound marvelous! Could be in my top 10 cookies, too!

  3. These sounds amazing! I believe you and I WILL make them for sure! Thanks!

  4. Why are they called Cowboy Cookies? But who cares, they sound amazing, and that's what counts.

  5. These cookies look scrumptious! I've always been curious about their name too! :D

  6. I am happy that you liked the cookies! They are a real favorite at our house...if I want to make everybody happy, this is the cookie! Thank you for visiting!

  7. Enjoyed having your blog this month! Cowboy Cookies are a venerable family favorite! Try adding M&Ms too. (My grandmother also called these Kitchen Sink Cookies.) Great SRC post!

  8. Oh these look SO good! I love all those things and in ONE cookie - amazing!

  9. I have heard of these but have never made them. I'm pinning them to try! I bet they originated somewhere in the Midwest, thus the name, although I doubt cowboys ever ate them. :)

  10. I'm so curious of why is it called Cowboy cookies. Is it made by a cowboy? lol No matter, it looks good to me. I might try it at home with the family.
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  11. They look wonderful! I like names that tell what the dessert is =o) But whatever these bad boys are called, I'd eat them!

  12. Oats, chocolate and coconut? These must taste amazing!!!

  13. I love the name cowboy cookies! next time I make a batch I shall do large ones :)

  14. Thanks everyone. They do taste amazing, and the few I made smaller sized paled in comparison to the large ones.

  15. Even though I'm not a cowboy or cowgirl, I bet I'd like these :)

  16. YUM! These cookies look & sound amazing! They must be if they're in your top 10 ;). Totally fiending for some delicious chewy cookies right now!

  17. Ooh, those look really good. Love cowboy cookies. Love your description of eating bigger cookies because they are more of a journey of textures working your way to the center. Brilliant. ;)

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  19. You can bet I'll be making the bakery sized ones :) I mean really, what's the point of making mini cookies? Oh right, then you can eat five or six :)


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