Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies

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For all the years I have been sharing my recipes via the internet, this cookie recipe was one that was most requested.

These were a best seller when I owned my bakery.

Some people would stop by only to get them and nothing else!

That speaks volumes considering my bakery was bursting with so many delectable treats everyday!

I’m not quite sure why these crispy, buttery, melt in your mouth cookies are called Cowboy Cookies.

I have encountered some other recipes with similar names such as Rancher Cookies and another one simply called Sante Fe.

So I have to conclude that somewhere, sometime, a long time ago out there in the good ol’ Wild West the cowboys got a nice little treat that resembled this delicious cookie!

My recipe calls for coconut and Rice Krispies.

Two ingredients that I am almost positive were not available back in the prairie days!

Well, wherever they originated and whatever they may have had in them, this recipe will surely knock your cowboy boots off!

This is also the recipe I use as a “breading” for my Fried Chicken Cake! (Yes I know…I have to refilm that one! It’s on the list! I Promise!)

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You can use all butter here if you do not prefer shortening, but the cookies will have a tendency to flatten severely, so do not press them out as I show you in the video before baking
Preheat oven to 350° F
Use a Hi Ratio shortening if possible
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • Solid Vegetable Shortening 1 cup (112g)
  • Light Brown Sugar packed 1 cup (210g)
  • Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
  • Eggs Large 2 (100g)
  • Vanilla Extract 1 Tablespoon
  • Salt 1 teaspoon (6g)
  • Baking Soda 1½ teaspoons (7g)
  • All Purpose Flour 2 cups + 3 Tablespoons (280g)
  • Rice Krispies ¾ cup (40g)
  • Old Fashioned Oats 1 cup (98g)
  • Sweetened Flake Coconut 1 cup (85g)
Instructions
  1. Cream the shortening and sugars together until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the eggs and vanilla extract and add gradually to the creaming butter - sugar mixture.
  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl often to ensure an even mix.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and then add to the creamed mixture all at once.
  5. Add the rice krispies, coconut and oatmeal and mix to combine well.
  6. Scoop onto a parchment lined sheet pan, press lightly to flatten slightly and bake for approximately 14 minutes or until light golden brown
Notes
Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Dough can be frozen, scooped into balls and then stored in a plastic bag for up to 2 months. Thaw completely before baking

VEGANIZE THIS RECIPE!

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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • Ground Flax Seeds 2 Tablespoon (16g)
  • Hot Water 3 Tablespoons (90ml)
  • Solid Vegetable Shortening 12 Tablespoons (170g)
  • Light Brown Sugar packed 1 cup (210g)
  • Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
  • Vanilla Extract 1 Tablespoon
  • Salt 1 teaspoon (6g)
  • Baking Soda 1½ teaspoons (7g)
  • All Purpose Flour 2 cups + 3 Tablespoons (280g)
  • Rice Krispies ¾ cup (40g)
  • Old Fashioned Oats 1 cup (98g)
  • Sweetened Flake Coconut 1 cup (85g)
Instructions
  1. Combine ground flax seed with hot water and whisk smooth
  2. Let stand for at least 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes to thicken to a paste
  3. Cream the shortening and sugars together until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  4. Add the flax eggs and vanilla extract to the creaming butter - sugar mixture.
  5. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl often to ensure an even mix.
  6. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and then add to the creamed mixture all at once.
  7. Add the rice krispies, coconut and oatmeal and mix to combine well.
  8. Scoop onto a parchment lined sheet pan, press lightly to flatten slightly and bake for approximately 14 minutes or until light golden brown
 

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3 Comments

  1. I was remembering that Safeway’s bakery used to have these Cowboy Cookies and I loved them when I was a kid. I searched for a recipe that I was expecting to have to veganize and stumbled on this one.
    Rice Krispies? Check!
    Old fashioned oats? Check!
    Coconut flakes? Check!
    And since it’s Gretchen, of course you’ve already shared the vegan version! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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