Of all the cookies in the world, there are two I can call my absolute, positively, 100%, without-a-doubt, undeniably, my favorite. The first being Peanut Butter Kiss cookies and the second being Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. It is all those delicious cookies out there wrapped up in one BIG, glorious mouthful. Oatmeal, chocolate-chip, coconut, and pecan goodness.
The story goes like this: During the 2000 presidential election campaign, the soon-to-be first lady submitted the recipe to a Family Circle cookie bake-off. These cookies are the size of TEXAS – literally. You drop them by the 1/4 cup full. Seriously.
I don’t know why I hadn’t made them for Zac since we have been married, but I have had a craving for them recently and surprised him yesterday afternoon when he got home from work. Unfortunately, we cannot eat 3 dozen Cookie Monster giant size cookies all on our own so we are going to have to share with my family. I forgot how many SUPER-BIG cookies this makes. (Next time I will half the recipe or freeze half the dough.) I suppose it will serve as payment for them puppy-sitting for us while we camp this weekend.
This recipe is too good not to share!
Laura Bush Cowboy Cookies (36 GIANT cookies)
3 cups flour
1 tbs. backing powder
1 tbs. baking soda
1 tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter @ room temp
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tbs vanilla
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
3. Beat butter 1 minute until creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat additional 2 minutes
4. Add eggs one at a time and then add vanilla
5. Stir in flour mixture gradually
6. Stir in oats, chocolate-chips, coconut and nuts
7. Drop 1/4 cup full of dough. Bake 15-18 minutes or until edges are brown