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The Best-Ever Cowboy Cookies (With Variations That Will Make Everbody Happy)!!

Do you have a favorite recipe?  I have several!! But one of my favorites are these cowboy cookies!  This is such a great go-to recipe!! And it’s turned into a true family favorite!

Years ago, I started collecting recipes, long before I got married & had children.  I have a stack of hand written recipes, as well as ones I tore out of magazines when I could. Once, I even photocopied recipes from my aunts’ cookbooks! (I may have been a little overboard!?!)

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Discovering Cowboy Cookies

One day as I waiting for my dad in a doctor’s office, I came across this recipe (I think in a Family Fun magazine?) for Cowboy Cookies. I’m not sure that I had ever heard of cowboy cookies before!

The recipe looked great and it had variation, mix-ins that it could be changed up (which is one of my favorite kind of recipes).  I frantically wrote, trying to get every word from the recipe copied before we had to leave (obviously this was before the days of smart phones! Lol!).  Over the years I have made these cookies many times. People always gobble them up and often ask me for the recipe!

my little cowboys on a fence

The best part is that now, I have my own little cowboys (and a cowgirl) to make these for!  I hope that you love this recipe as much as our family does!

Tips For Making Cowboy Cookies

This recipe makes a large batch of cookies, which is great because you’re going to want to share (or maybe others are going to want you to share!?!). Be sure you use a large sheet pan so you can bake several large cookies at a time!  (This one is my favorite because it is SO sturdy…I’ve had it forever!).

This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cowboy cookies.  These are also great to pre-portion out and flash freeze.  Flash freezing means to allow something to freeze individually first (place scoops of cookie dough on a baking sheet & put them in the freezer). You can then remove the individual frozen cookies and place them in a freezer bag and return to the freezer to be taken out and baked later.

These cookies are wonderful to have on hand for unexpected company or even just a weeknight dinner that needs a special ending!  Be sure to check out my homemade ice cream & homemade hot fudge sauce recipes!  They would make perfect companions to these yummy cowboy cookies!!

The cookies above are about to go into the freezer to be flash frozen!  If you are baking them, leave about 1 1/2-2 inches between each cookie.  If you bring them straight out of the freezer, you will need to add a little extra to the baking time.

Best Ever Cowboy Cookies

These delicious cookies are chocked full of all kind of yummy goodness, and you can change them up to fit your family's preferences!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 36 cookies


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks salted butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnut, chopped or your preference of nut


  • Stir together the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • In a separate larger bowl, blend butter and both kinds of sugar with a mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Start slowly adding flour mixture to the butter mixture and incorporate well before adding more of the flour mixture.
  • Half at a time, add chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Refrigerate dough for about 5 minutes before baking.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes (watch your cookies closely until you know how your oven bakes, these are best when you taken them out when they are just starting to brown.


Coconut Cowboy Cookies- add 1 cup of flaked coconut.
Cranberry White Chocolate Cowboy Cookies- Replace one of the cups of chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and add 1 cup of dried cranberries.
Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies- Add 1 cup of peanut butter to the butter and sugar and mix together. You can also replace one of the cups of chocolate chips with peanut butter chips if wanted.
Tuxedo Cowboy Cookies- Add 1 cup of sweetened flaked coconut and replace one of the cups of chocolate chips with white chocolate and use pecans instead of walnuts.

photo of my little cowboy kicking up dirt

Have you made these Cowboy Cookies? What do you think of the recipe?  Let me know in the comments below!

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