Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cowgirl Cookies

To continue my “Week in the [Project] Life” series for Project Life 365, today’s prompt is #whatever.  For background on this project, please read my previous #breakfast#lunch, #dinner, and #dessert posts. You can find me on Instagram @lauravein and Project Life 365 at @projectlife365.

"#Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” -Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) Life is too short for bad cookies (or bad coffee)...  And if you want to eat a couple for breakfast, I’ll never tell! 

They have oatmeal in them after all :)

I'm not exactly certain about the background on the name of these cookies, but Cowgirl Cookies been one of my favorites since I first made them in culinary school.  They're full of oatmeal, coconut, pecans, chocolate chunks & plenty of spices!  Talk about a flavor explosion in a cookie.

Oats haven't made an appearance in my diet much at all in the past couple of years, nor have I eaten much gluten in the past year.  However, in preparation for some medical testing,  I have been doing some "cheating," because a few of the tests are more accurate if I actually have a little gluten in my system.

If I'm having a last hurrah with gluten (I'll find out once I complete my testing & the results come back), I want to be certain I am making and eating things that are worth it! Things that I will miss if I'm officially told to say goodbye to gluten forever. Things that use good, high quality ingredients. Not just eating gluten-y things for gluten sake. With wheat flour from King Arthur, locally sourced pecans, oats from Bobs Red Mill, and good chocolate, I'm confident these cookies fit the bill :)

Cowgirl Cookies

I cut down this recipe from the giant culinary school batch to a more manageable home batch.  I’m sorry I don’t have a yield amount.... We started eating the cookies before I could get an accurate count! 

4 oz Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3.65  oz Granulated Sugar
4 oz Brown Sugar
2 large Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
5.30 oz AP Flour {you could also make these Gluten Free by using a GF baking mix}
4 g Baking Powder
4 g Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
scant 1/2 tsp Salt
6.65 oz Chocolate Chunks {I chopped up some Trader Joe’s chocolate} 
2.5 oz Oats {use Gluten Free, if you like} 
2.65 oz Sweetened Shredded Coconut
2.35 oz Chopped Pecans  

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugars on medium low speed until the ingredients completely mix together, become lighter in color & increase in volume.  Scrape down the bowl. 
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix at low speed until just incorporated.  Add vanilla. Scrape down the bowl and mix a few more seconds. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.  
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl & mix on low speed until half way combined.  
  5. Combine the chocolate, oats, coconut & pecans and add them to the mixing bowl.  Mix on low speed until the ingredients are just incorporated, scraping the sides as necessary.  
  6. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes while the oven is preheating to 350 F. Line to baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  7. For large cookies (which I believe have the best combinations of textures: crunchy edges & soft centers), use a large cookie scoop (mine is 3oz) and pan the cookies 6 to a half sheet pan. 
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan & bake an additional 4 to 6 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. Remove from the oven & cool completely. 
  9. Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer. (I happen to think these cookies are fabulous when eaten straight from the freezer... though don’t damage your teeth in the process!). 

Note: if you make smaller cookies, pan them in 4 rows of 3 & bake them less time, rotating as necessary, until the cookie edges are just beginning to brown.  


  1. Those are some absolutely gorgeous cookies! I think I might be in love!

  2. ha ha a reminder to me that I need a pedicure.... badly!! HAHA
    Laura, I make a cookie that is very similar at the store containing, oats, coconut, and for commercial purposes Hershey's choc chips, rice crispy cereal, brown sugar, no pecans though and its called a Ranger cookie. Maybe they could be related Cowgirl & Ranger. lol. Its a King Arthur recipe I scaled up. Kind of a retro cookie I think, according to what I've read online. People like them a lot. Chewy, yep. Hope your medical tests went well. Probably very revealing what a lot of us are allergic to if we only knew, huh? I just wear my blinders, I'm a goofball. ha ha Have a great day.

    1. Yum! Those cookies sound delicious too! I think they could be friends :) Thanks for your kind thoughts!

  3. الفلل من اكثر الاماكن التى تحتاج الى العنايه دائما لاظهار جمالها فاذا كنت تفكر فى اقناء الفيلا وتبحث عن كيفيه القيام باعمال التنظيف والحصول على افضل النتائج المميزة فاعلم ان شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض تهتم باعمال التنظيف لفيلتك من الالف الى الياء ولا تكتفى فقط باعمال التنظيف من الداخل فهى تقوم بكل ما تحتاجه الفلل فى التنظيف والتلميع والتعطير والحصول الى افضل النتائج المميزة فى مقابل اقل الاسعار المتواجده فى الاسواق شركة نظافة فلل بالرياض اصبحت تحتل المركز الرائد بين الشركات التى تساعد على تحقيق افضل النتائج المميزه فى التنظيف للفلل ونظرا لان الفلل تحتوى على العديد من الامكانيات التى تحتاج الى القيام باعمال التنظيف وتحتوى على الكثير من الاشياء التى تحتاج الى التلميع والتعطير فعليك ان تتصل شركة بسمة الرياض افضل شركة تنظيف فلل فى اقل الاسعار المتواجده والحصول على افضل النتائج التقليدية التى تصل اليها
    تعتبر شركة اليسر من اهم وارقى الشركات التى تتعامل مع كافه خدمات الفلل من اجل ان نصل الى افضل النتائج والخدمات التى تساعد فى الحصول على كل ما يتمناه عملاءنا الكرام فلا داعى للقلق من شان التنظيف لفيلتك والسعى الى تحقيق افضل النتائج من خلال شركة نظافة فلل الان .