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Cowboy Cookies II Recipe

Cowboy Cookies II

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"We made these cookies in school during the 1950s. They are delicious. May substitute butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or raisins for chocolate chips."

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Original recipe makes 11 dozen Change Servings


  1. Blend shortening and sugars together. Add eggs, and beat until fluffy. Whisk together flour, soda, salt, and baking powder; mix into the egg mixture. Stir in oats, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 20, 2010

First rate cookie, which I kind of suspected it would be if this is indeed a recipe that's survived since the '50s! I followed the recipe as directed, only adding some chocolate covered/candy coated sunflower seeds because hubs loves 'em, and because they're colorful and festive! This embellished oatmeal cookie is light, and both crispy and chewy. It's a darn pretty cookie too, as if it came from an old-fashioned neigborhood bakery, substantial looking with crackly tops. To satisify all preferences I baked some a litte longer than others and while baking time certainly affects texture, all were great! This recipe should be in everyone's recipe box for the basics - not only is it reliably delicious, there is also much room for versatility with add-ins. Try adding different flavored chips, chopped white chocolate, dried fruit or raisins, chopped nuts, even chopped up candy bars. Great as is, this cookie is also definitely worth toying with and customizing to suit your mood or tastes!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 27, 2003

I may have done something wrong but the dough was very dry and crumbly. I had to add milk to thin it and don't know if this was good. The taste is good but the ones I baked before adding milk were hard, hard, hard. Excellent dunkers but not easy to eat otherwise. Help if you can to correct as would like to try again!!


27 Ratings

Jul 29, 2007

I did change recipe a little, using 3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. This is my family's favorite cookie recipe by far!

Mar 10, 2011

The very first time I tasted these cookies was at my Aunt's house when I was a little girl. I copied the recipe that day and have been making them ever since. They have become a favorite of my family and whenever they ask for cookies, this is what they want. Sometimes I use half shortening and half butter for a softer cookie. Other times I use all butter for a richer cookie. Several times I substituted whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour and no one suspected a thing! There are so many variations: use M&Ms or Reeses Pieces, or white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts instead of chocolate chips. Sometimes I add a cup of chopped pecans also. Now that I am a grandmother I am making these cookies for a new audience! Just baked a batch to bring to my Marine son and his family! The best recipes are the kind you can vary with your mood, the occasion, and the ones who will enjoy them. This is that kind of recipe! If made with shortening they will keep a long time and can be shipped to someone away. Wrap 2 back to back in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Place packs in a zipper bag and then in a sturdy box for shipping. There should be minimal breakage.

Mar 02, 2011

I have never written a review before but this brought back so many memories. My family has been making these cookies for many years. They wonderful and they are supposed to be a bit hard. The reason for this is(according to my mom): They are called 'cowboy cookies' because they traveled well in the cowboys saddle bags when they were out on the range and did not crumble as other cookies did. The harder outer shell was ideal. It sure makes sense to me and I love the story. Just wanted to share that tid bit of information ! Great cookie!

Dec 19, 2006

This is my husband's favorite cookie recipe. He got the recipe from his Home Economics class in 6th grade. We make them often. He prefers them crispy so he can dunk them in his coffee. I like them softer, so the time to bake them varies from 12-15 minutes.

Dec 07, 2009

I used 2/3 cup white sugar instead of 1 cup. Also, toasted oatmeal in 350 degreee oven, then cooled before adding to batter.

Jun 15, 2009

My granma gave me this recipe, it's her signiture cookie. Everyone loves it. My aunts. uncles, cuz's, and friends. She does not whisk. she adds sugar and either adds margarine or shortening. Beats in the eggs, all dry but flour, oats. After beating, add flour and oats, mixing well. Then adds chips. [[It's only one bowl!!]] Really cool seeing up here, thanx.


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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.1 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 44 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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