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Monday, August 20, 2012

Cowboy Cookies


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


  1. Love the photos!! (and just quietly, why do you own that hat?)

  2. Haha - Max is going to a dress up party in a couple of weeks and as a cowboy. I figure if he's getting a cowboy costume for his party anyway he may as well wear it to every dress up occasion over the next 6-12 months so I get my moneys worth ;-)

  3. Cutest little cowboy ever! And totally agree with your above justification for the cowboy outfit - I've been recycling my bob wig in various character incarnations ever since I got it :D

  4. these look so yum!! will try them next week, but with 'no egg'/egg replacement powder (allergies) so hopefully they turn out half as good as these.
    Max looks super cute as a cowboy!

  5. Ohhh the look so delish! I have to try these one day!

  6. I made these this afternoon. I used white & dark choc buttons instead of the bits, because I didn't have any and also used walnuts instead of pecans. They have been declared delicious by my son who chose them for pudding. Thanks heaps for a simple and fun recipe.

    1. Thanks for your comment Amanda! Glad your son enjoyed them as much as mine :-)

  7. Made these today using white and dark chocolate buttons and chopped nuts. So yummy and so full of chocolate :)