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Cowboy Cookies

This delicious cookie recipe was adapted from the October 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen
Cowboy Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Fall 2008


  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch chunks (1 cup)
  • 3 ounces (3/4 cup) pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.

  2. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium-high until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  3. Reduce speed to low, and slowly add flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Beat in oats, chocolate, pecans, and coconut until combined. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

  4. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a small spoon, drop dough onto baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.

  5. Bake until edges of cookies begin to brown, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to a wire rack, and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks. Let cool. (Cookies can be stored up to 3 days.)

Reviews (48)

  • ljmicci 17 Jan, 2012

    My mom has been making these cookies for YEARS... every since I was a little girl.... and I am 43 years old now! They are wonderful. We usually also would add raisins in them for an even chewier cookie. We also used chopped walnuts instead of the pecans. ALWAYS A FAMILY FAVORITE!!

  • wittnie 24 Oct, 2011

    MY favorite cookies to bake! They are always a hit!

  • LJGrandma 11 Apr, 2011

    I love these cookies! Unfortunately, though, I forgot the main ingredient, coconut, which was the reason I tried the recipe in the first place. However, even without the coconut, they have a great flavor, and the oatmeal makes them somewhat chewy inside and crunchy outside. It was a mistake that still had a happy ending!

  • babysmyles 3 Mar, 2011

    Timing is way off... toasting nuts took 7-8 minutes and the cookies maybe 10. Yummy and versatile recipe otherwise. I used sweetened coconut, margarine and mini chocolate chips cause that's what I had on hand. Great tasting!

  • CynThom 26 Dec, 2010

    I didn't have a mixer and tried to mix by hand. The cookies came out hard and not very good-- Do you think it is because it wasn't mixed good enough?

  • Katfowler 29 Sep, 2010

    These cookies tasted great but there are a few issues. The prep time is too short, the cooking time is too long and I only got 3 dozen not 5. I trusted this recipe - when I make them next time I'll know better.

  • ashtang 22 Apr, 2010

    Absolutely fabulous. I'm not a big chocolate person, so I took half of the dough and used white chocolate and butterscotch chips. The oatmeal makes this a lot healthier than a regular chocolate chip. I sent the recipe to my friends.

  • skgordon29 3 Jan, 2010

    Has anyone made these without coconut?

  • dauden00 1 Dec, 2009

    they are so so so good... I tried not to eat much, but i couldnt help.. everybody loved my cookies so much... i'm so happy.. and this became my favorite cookie

  • ljmicci 30 Nov, 2009

    My mom has been making these since I was a little girl!... and now I am 41 years old! These were definitely our family's favorite!... And now I make them all of the time for my kids!

  • emmapeep 31 Oct, 2009

    One of my favorites! I mix up the kinds of chocolate that I use--milk, dark, and semi-sweet as well as the kind of nuts--almonds, walnuts, and pecans all in the same batch! SO good!

  • neeka haste 10 Aug, 2009

    So delicious; great texture!

  • hayesstephens 2 Aug, 2009

    My mother-in-law even asked for the recipe!

  • mrs_lamay 20 Dec, 2008

    I make these vegan (using egg replacer), and they were a HUGE hit at a birthday part I brought them to. Gone in minutes. You won't be disappointed.

  • 1Toffy 16 Dec, 2008

    This is a great cookie. I made them up, balled them, rolled them in Turbinado Sugar, and froze half of them in ziplock bags. Bakers Doz in each bag. Did them up tonight and there bout gone. I will freeze them up again too. Makes fresh cookies lots less work.

  • heather8330 25 Nov, 2008

    Delicious, and they store well. Received rave reviews from my taste testers!

  • katherinef 22 Nov, 2008

    Perfect rustic drop cookie....the family loved them!!

  • kara ae heald 17 Nov, 2008

    Really, really good!!!

  • Pili 8 Nov, 2008

    Thank you for this recipe!!! These are great, delicious cookies!!!

  • nanasybie 7 Nov, 2008

    Wow! These are really delicious cookies. I used walnuts because that is the nut I had. I also added chopped dried cherries to the batter when I added the nuts and coconut. Mmm, mmm good. All you need is a cold glass of milk. Thank you for the recipes. The name is great-Cowboy Cookies.

  • jediqueen77 7 Nov, 2008

    Question: has anyone cut the butter in this recipe with shortening? I've seen lots of Cowboy Cookie recipes with half butter half shortening. I'm making them tonight irregardless, but I wondered if I should experiment =)

  • homebaker 7 Nov, 2008

    My husband is the cookie lover in our house. I followed the recipe exactly and he loved them asking that I definitely make them again.

  • annlenhen 7 Nov, 2008

    I baked these cookies as above and they are my families new favorites. We renamed them to Soldier Cookies because we are sending them to our troops at war. I wish people would use this area for what it is meant for and that is commenting on the cookies recipes.

  • 93720cook 2 Nov, 2008

    I just made cowboy cookies today using my mother-in-law's recipe. It's about the same as this one but everything was doubled. My family says the reason why you can store for only 3 days is...they are usually all gone by then. :)

  • Tkitty 2 Nov, 2008

    In regards to the printing of the recipe, I always use the tool-bar at the top of the page, and it usually works , but this time there was a K-mart ad on page 2!

  • marylhurstgirl 2 Nov, 2008

    These are delicious cookies. Why are they called cowboy cookies? I will make these treats again. Teenagers loved them this weekend. Thank you.

  • myke43 2 Nov, 2008

    Most of the recipes for cookies say...will keep for three days...why
    the magical number of 3? Mine keep in a covered contained for
    longer and of course, freezing always works on all cookies.l
    Oh yes, prep time 5 minutes??? Not on your life. It takes 5 minutes
    just to get the ingredients assembled. At least we finally got
    a cookie recipe for cookie of the day.

  • jkgasser 2 Nov, 2008

    Cookies were GREAT! My family does not like the texture of coconut, so I chop it real fine in the food processor. You get the taste but not texture.

  • Schmooter 2 Nov, 2008

    To: rsvoboda - you can get a "printer-friendly" version by clicking on "print" (between the recipe title and recipe photo). A version without the ads should appear on your screen and you can print that. Don't know what operating system you have but you can also click on the arrow next to the printer icon on your toolbar and preview what the printed version will look like and adjust the size before you print. I usually use 125% for most Martha recipes.

  • sharonklannan 2 Nov, 2008

    Or left click at the top of the recipe and pull the cursor down to highlight what you want to print - click on "file" at the left top of your screen, then click on print - when the box opens click on "selection" and then click on "ok " - it will print just the part you highlighted. sklannan

  • pdgrovebaskets 2 Nov, 2008

    I noticed one person asked about printer version of this recipe. In fact, every Martha Stewart idea online has a printer version. Above the recipe or idea there is a menu line with the words save, rate, print, email. Just click on print and there is your printer version. I use it all the time and it works great. I've created a notebook full of ideas that I find on this website. In fact, I purchase printer paper with the holes already in it and it's perfect, no other work to do.

  • sonyachloe 2 Nov, 2008

    To make a "printer-friendly" copy of recipe, just highlight the recipe (right click on mouse and hold it down) then paste into notepad, or wordpad or word.

    You have to add the title of the recipe to it, it's not a very pretty-looking recipe, but there are no ads.

  • rsvoboda 2 Nov, 2008

    Anyone wonder why these recipes don't have a printer-friendly version? I love the recipes, but waste all my ink on the advertisements. They should offer recipe cards version in 2 sizes like foodnetwork. Just a thought!

  • mkjwhite 2 Nov, 2008

    I would LOVE to be able to print out the Comments pages, without the advertisements, by themselves. People have valuable comments I'd like to keep with the recipe. Kris

  • trishcortani 2 Nov, 2008

    I miss out on a lot of baked goods since I'm lactose intolerant. But in this recipe, for my fellow Milk-Lusters, use carob instead of semi-sweet chocolate and vegetable shortening for unsalted butter.

    And just to pass up on all the un-free trade issues and GMO, bleached, modified junk, I just normally go ahead and use ingredients from my local health food store to know that I'm doing good to more than just my taste buds. So healthy yummy! ;)

  • tmpa2step 2 Nov, 2008

    My mother got this recipe over 50 years ago, and they are still my favorite cookie. Her recipe also called for 1 cup of golden raisins. Try it, they're great!!

  • sandyames 26 Oct, 2008

    Why can these cookies only be stored for 3 days? Can they not be frozen for later use?

  • jms121285 20 Oct, 2008

    such a great recipe! i was able to make them vegan and organic, by using all organic ingredients and substituting the egg with egg replacer, the chunks of chocolate with vegan carob chips and the butter with vegan earth balance butter. they tasted great and were healthful! Yee-haw for cowboy cookies!

  • earth2gigi 7 Oct, 2008

    These cookies are delicious. I am very picky about choc. chip cookies. They have to be moist but not greasy. These are GREAT. And, true to the recipe, you get exactly 5 dozen. I will make these again and again.

  • Charlton 6 Oct, 2008

    I made these delicious cookies yesterday for a Football Tailgate Party.
    What a Hit !! This recipe is a keeperl Linda from Baltimore

  • Yas5705 3 Oct, 2008

    Uau! This cookie it's delicious!!! Me and my familly like it a lot! I always make this recipe! Thanks Martha, yous site is wonderful!!!!!! Love you to much!!! Good luck and God bless you! Patty from Brazil.

  • kimberlyk26 3 Oct, 2008

    I remember when I was traveling through Texas some time ago I found this similiar recipe on a postcard - except it was called 'Texas Cow Chip Cookies'. There were peanut butter chips in addition to chocolate chips, bran flakes cereal and it was double the amount of ingredients as you made them huge using 1/4c measuring scoop (is that the same size as 1-1/2in ice cream scoop). They were and continue to be a hit whenever I make them.

  • CreativeJoAnne 3 Oct, 2008

    I made these for our Church Bake sale last Sunday.. I used butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate. Eveyone loved them..Especially, my husband..

  • Teapot_Collector 1 Oct, 2008

    My comments weren't so flattering I'm afraid. The grandkids didn't like the coconut bits, and they didn't like the way the oats stuck to their teeth. However they did like the nuts but not so much the chocolate chunks. I had to remind them Grandma made them and if they wanted more of other kinds they better rate them higher. They gave them a thumbs up.

  • imwithdino 30 Sep, 2008

    These cookies were a tremendous hit! Because the recipe makes so many cookies, I kept some at home, took some to work, and gave some to my mom and dad. EVERYONE is gobbling them up! This is definitely a new favorite.

  • sasawyer 29 Sep, 2008

    I too only had sweetened coconut -- I was afraid they would be too sweet, so I cut it back to 1/4 cup -- They were delicious!

  • yellobutterfly 28 Sep, 2008

    Tried this yesterday - everyone loves them! I used sweetened flake coconut and it was divine.

  • imwithdino 22 Sep, 2008

    My mom worked in a bakery in high school, and cowboy cookies have been her favorite ever since. I'm going to make these cookies as a special treat for her. They sound delicious!

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