Best cowboy cookies! This easy cowboy cookie recipe makes chewy oatmeal cookies packed with coconut, pecans, and chocolate chunks.
Sometimes it’s nice to make just a basic oatmeal cookie. Something simple and comforting and easy.
Other times, it’s nice to make a cookie that’s loaded with all sorts of good things – like monster cookies or these cowboy cookies.
These cowboy cookies are soft, chewy oatmeal cookies that have plenty of chocolate chunks, pecans, and coconut in them.
What are cowboy cookies?
Cowboy cookies are a kind of cookie mashup. They’re like an oatmeal cookie crossed with a chocolate chip cookie with coconut thrown in for extra texture and flavor.
There are lots of variations, and some recipes include peanut butter, corn flakes, M&M’s, or other ingredients.
This cowboy cookie recipe, though, is a traditional recipe that just has the basics in it.
How to make cowboy cookies
Step 1: Begin by melting the butter in a large bowl. I recommend melting the butter most of the way and then whisking it to finish melting.
Top tip >> It takes 40 seconds in my microwave. You don’t want the butter to be hot and sizzling. It should look like the butter in the second picture once it’s melted.
Step 2: Add the brown sugar.
Step 3: Whisk in the brown sugar until combined.
Step 4: Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Whisk in until combined.
Step 5: Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in until combined.
Step 6: Whisk in the oats until combined.
Step 7: Add the pecans, coconut, and chocolate chunks. Mix in until incorporated.
Step 8: Scoop the cookie dough and place the cookie dough balls on prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2-inches apart.
Step 9: Bake.
No, you can use 10-12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or bittersweet chocolate chips instead.
You can! You can use walnuts or even omit the nuts.
Yes, the baked cookies can be stored in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
How to store
Store the cookies in an airtight container or resealable bag.
How long will the cookies keep?
The cookies will keep for 3-4 days.
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- 3/4 cup butter melted¹
- 1 ½ cups light brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour²
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt³
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate⁴ chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- Add the melted butter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl, and whisk until well-combined.
- Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until well-combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in until just combined.
- Whisk in the oats just until incorporated.
- Add the baking chocolate, pecans, and coconut, and whisk in until combined.
- Drop by 1.5 tablespoon scoops (medium cookie scoops) 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 8-14 minutes. The cookies should be light golden brown at the edges but look underdone in the middle. This will help to keep them soft and chewy.⁵
- I recommend melting the butter most of the way and then whisking to finish melting the butter. It takes about 40 seconds in my microwave.
- Be sure to either weigh or sift or stir the flour, lightly spoon into the measuring cup, and then level to avoid packing in the flour.
- Or 1/4 teaspoon table salt.
- Or 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Overbaking the cookies will give you a crunchier cookie.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Comments & Reviews
Bonnie the Baker says
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Hi! It’s working on my end, so I’m not able to replicate that issue. Do you happen to have adblockers enabled? Sometimes that can interfere with the print button.
Merita Pierce says
Thank You for the recipe. My cookies came out great and chewy. Blessing
You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked them!
fourth time making these beauties! absolutely in love with them and so is my family based on how fast they’re gone. 100% recommend!
Thank you! I’m so glad that you like the cookies!
I just baked a batch and they were gone before they could cool. Everyone gave them two thumbs up.
Yay! I’m glad that they were a hit!
Can you simply omit the oats if you only have instant oats?
No, unfortunately, that won’t work. The ratios will be off, and you’ll end up with runny cookies. You can try using the instant oats, or I’d be happy to recommend a different recipe for you.
Can I freeze the dough?
You can! I recommend freezing the scoops on a tray and then putting them in a freezer-safe container once they’re frozen. The baked cookies also freeze well.
I made these with Bob’s redmill paleo flour (almond based) for a gluten free version. Also used Lilly’s sugar free chocolate chips and unsweetened shaved coconut. They were AMAZING!!! So many wonderful flavors together in one cookie. This is now my favorite cookie of all time! Thanks for the recipe!
Yay!! I’m so glad that they worked out well for you! Thank you for sharing your notes!
Is it 4 ounces semi sweet baking chocolate and 12 oz chocolate chips, or is it one or the other?
It’s one or the other. Feel free to use chips, chunks, or chopped chocolate.
What can you use if you do not have kosher salt?
Hi! You can use table salt. You’ll want to use half the amount, so you’ll only need to use 1/4 teaspoon.
Angela Quintero says
Hello!! Thank you for this amazing recipe , do you know long the batter can be kept on the refrigerator
Hi! Thank you! The cookie dough is best used within 3 days (in the fridge). The cookie dough *can* be kept in the fridge for longer than that, but the quality starts to deteriorate after 3 days. Hope that helps!
Chantel H says
Hi! Just wondering if “minute oats” can be used in this recipe? Thanks!
Linda Steinquist says
The Cowboy Cookie recipe. I have yet to make Today is Friday July 31,2020. I’m a Senior Citizen and Disabled. I can’t get around too well. But this Cowboy Cookirecipe sounds so yummy! I do have a question for you. If you don’t have Coconut can you add more Chocolate C hips in place of the Coconut?
Thank you! You can omit the coconut if you don’t have it. I’m afraid that if you have too much chocolate in the batter that the cookies may want to break apart.
AMAZING cookies! I love the flavor combination and texture of these. I was looking for something with a little more flavor than the standby chocolate chip cookie, and this is it!! I didn’t have any issues with the dough or baking them, but also I didn’t follow the recipe exactly (typical!). I added 2 eggs and a tbsp more butter to make sure the dough was soft. Definitely a keeper!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the cookies. =)