Cowboy Cookies

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17-20 minutes

Total Time: 32-35 minutes

Yields: 24 cookies

Cowboy Cookies Recipe - NYT Cooking

In 1900, Bushnell Illinois, the Nagel brothers (Henry and John) invented the first rolled oats called ‘Nagel Roller Mills’. Rolled oats are made by steaming groats, then rolling them, steaming them again, finally, toasting them resulting in the familiar thin flakes. Though processed, rolled oats are still a whole grain. Some people consider groats a berry more than a seed.

John and Henry sold there new invention after a couple of years to The Quaker Company who made it popular and, turned it into a delicious breakfast. The new rolled oats were first manufactured in the Nagel’s mill in Bushnell. The first mill burned in 1910. It was rebuilt but was struck by lightning and again damaged by fire in 1914. It was then again rebuilt in 1915.

Oats don’t have a lot of backstory, but I found as much as I can that is accurate information. These cookies are soooooo amazing and my mom makes a bunch of them. She has made these for so many years I thought they were her own recipe, she just made them so good! But they are a recipe from Laura Bush! My mom doubles the batch and makes half of them regular and, half of them gluten free! I hope you’ll enjoy these delicious cookies because my family and I did!


❑ 3 cups all-purpose flour

❑ 1 tablespoon baking powder

❑ 1 tablespoon baking soda

❑ 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

❑ 1 teaspoon salt

❑ 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

❑ 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

❑ 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature

❑ 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

❑ 1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar, packed

❑ 3 eggs

❑ 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

❑ 2 cups sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes

❑ 2 cups chopped pecans or any type of nuts but pecans are most recommended


  1. Heat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
  3. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
  5. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake in 350 degree F oven 17 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies to rack to cool.

Have a great weekend!

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