While the origin of the name of these cookies isn’t exactly clear, they are certainly packed with enough goodness and energy to sustain a cowboy in the wild west! I love the name, in fact I made them because of their name, as we are now on the downhill slide to Max’s second birthday (still 6 months away) which will be… You guessed it – cowboy themed! There are loads of variations of these cookies floating around the net, some have walnuts instead of pecans, others have coconut, some more modern takes use M&M’s which I used as I think they are a bit of fun, especially when making them for kids. The best bit is these are super simple to make and taste delicious!
1½ cups of flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
¾ cup M&M’s
½ cup milk chocolate drops
½ cup dark chocolate drops
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup white sugar
½ cup pecans, chopped
1 slightly beaten egg
125 grams butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract/paste
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and add your wet ingredients. Use a large wooden spoon to combine, you may even need to use your hands.
Use a small ice cream scoop to create evenly sized balls of dough (roughly 3cm) and place on baking paper spaced 4-5cm apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in your pre-heated oven.
Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.
Here’s my little cowboy, at 18 months, enjoying a cookie.
If you make these cookies, especially if you have a play with the recipe, let us know how you got on by leaving us a comment here on the blog or on facebook, we love to hear from you x