The origin of the name is unclear, but the cookies do seem hearty enough for the Wild West. They have a soft, chewy texture all their own.

Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until darkened and fragrant, 10 to 13 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop. Into a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.

    Advertisement
  • With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and both sugars until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium. Addeggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  • With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Beat in oats, chocolate, pecans, and coconut until just combined. (Dough can be covered with plastic and refrigerated up to 3 days.)

  • Coat baking sheets with cooking spray; line with parchment, and spray parchment. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto prepared sheets, about 3 inches apart.

  • Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges of cookies begin to brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored up to 3 days at room temperature in airtight containers

Reviews (45)

179 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 56
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: Unrated
01/17/2012
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!!
Rating: Unrated
10/24/2011
MY favorite cookies to bake! They are always a hit!
Rating: Unrated
04/11/2011
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!
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
03/03/2011
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!
Rating: Unrated
09/29/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2010
Has anyone made these without coconut?
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
11/30/2009
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!
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2009
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!
Rating: Unrated
08/10/2009
So delicious; great texture!
Rating: Unrated
08/02/2009
My mother-in-law even asked for the recipe!
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
12/16/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/25/2008
Delicious, and they store well. Received rave reviews from my taste testers!
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2008
Perfect rustic drop cookie....the family loved them!!
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2008
Really, really good!!!
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2008
Thank you for this recipe!!! These are great, delicious cookies!!!
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2008
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 =)
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2008
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. www.treatthetroops.org I wish people would use this area for what it is meant for and that is commenting on the cookies recipes.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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. :)
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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!
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
These are delicious cookies. Why are they called cowboy cookies? I will make these treats again. Teenagers loved them this weekend. Thank you.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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!
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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! ;)
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2008
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!!
Rating: Unrated
10/26/2008
Why can these cookies only be stored for 3 days? Can they not be frozen for later use?
Rating: Unrated
10/20/2008
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!
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/06/2008
I made these delicious cookies yesterday for a Football Tailgate Party. What a Hit !! This recipe is a keeperl Linda from Baltimore
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2008
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..
Rating: Unrated
10/01/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/30/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/29/2008
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!
Rating: Unrated
09/28/2008
Tried this yesterday - everyone loves them! I used sweetened flake coconut and it was divine.
Rating: Unrated
09/22/2008
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!