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Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy cookies are oatmeal cookies stuffed with extra mix-ins like coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.  This recipe always works!

Cowboy cookies on a wire rack over a lavender cloth

You don’t need to be a cowboy to love cowboy cookies.  In fact, I’m not 100% sure that these cookies have anything at all to do with cowboys.  The origin of cowboy cookies is shrouded in mystery.  One online forum contributor claimed they came from a church cookbook, while another claimed they came from cowboys.  You can see that laid-back debate here.

Laura Bush baked this type of oatmeal cookie to win a baking contest.  She’s from Texas, so maybe there is something to the cowboy origin, after all.  I like to bake my mom’s version.  My mom is from Georgia, and she called them cowboy cookies, too.

They’re very similar to oatmeal cookies.  The biggest difference is the mix-ins.  Coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips seem to be a given.  I also include raisins in mine, but you can mix, match, and substitute to your heart’s content.  This recipe makes 12 big cookies.

Cowboy cookie closeup on a wire rack
4.92 from 12 votes

Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy cookies are oatmeal cookies with extra mix-ins, including coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, and raisins. This recipe never fails!

Course Cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, American Southern, Southern
Keyword cookies, dessert, oatmeal, oats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 216 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 7 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves and pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lay out two baking sheets. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together.

  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth.

  4. Add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda, then stir until a smooth batter forms.

  5. Pour in the oats, coconut, pecans, raisins, and chocolate chips. Mix well, until the mix-ins are coated in the batter and evenly distributed.

  6. Scoop up a golf ball-sized chunk. Form it into a ball and place it on a baking sheet, leaving two inches of space between cookies. Continue until the cookie dough is used up.

  7. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to finish cooling. Store airtight when completely cool.

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating


Monday 6th of December 2021

Is this the recipe for Publix version of cowboy cookies - which are out of this world good?

Katie Moseman

Monday 6th of December 2021

It is a variation on the Quaker oatmeal cookie recipe that appears on the canister.

Amy H

Friday 6th of December 2019

These look really good! I've never heard of cowboy cookies. I'm just entering baking season, I'll have to try these!

Amber Killmon

Friday 6th of December 2019

Oh my gosh I need these in my life now! They look absolutely delicious.


Friday 6th of December 2019

Those cookies look yummy! I want to try this recipe soon! I love cookies.


Friday 6th of December 2019

What a cute name. We do this sometimes when we bake cookies and it is always a big hit. I never knew they had an actual name!