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Cowboy cookies

My plan had been to write about baseball this week. But then the Astros didn’t do so well on Opening Day and I got word about an award this blog won so, well, I decided to bake cowboy cookies instead. I hope you don’t mind.

Cowboy cookies probably have very little to do with cowboys, but this doesn’t mean they’re not good. Typically, a cowboy cookie is defined by the presence of brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, chocolate, and nuts. And some people doll them up even more by throwing in some coconut and raisins as well.

Cowboy cookies | Homesick Texan

My assumption is that the recipe for cowboy cookies was probably originally found on a package of oatmeal or brown sugar. I couldn’t find proof of this, but a little digging did reveal that the recipe has probably been around for at least 60 years as I read a document written in the early 1980s that said one woman’s recipe had been in her family for over 40 years. And yep, it was the same one we all use today.

I also found a recipe for cowboy cookies in a 1959 edition of the Toledo Blade, though this one was completely different. This cowboy cookie called for molasses, coffee, and boiling water, along with eggs, butter, and flour. Perhaps there’s a hint of authenticity to that recipe as those ingredients are more likely to be found on a chuck wagon than chocolate chips and oatmeal. I didn’t make those cookies, however, as I wasn’t in the mood for a cookie made with coffee—I wanted the cowboy cookie I’d grown up with, full of oats, chocolate, and nuts. And my, these did not disappoint.

Now, about that award. Well, I don’t want to sound boastful, but I have to say that I am over the moon that Homesick Texan was recognized in the First Annual Saveur Food Blog Awards as best regional cuisine blog. A Texas-sized congratulations to all the winners and nominees. And also, many thanks to both Saveur and you for your support. Now go enjoy these cookies—I baked them for you!

Cowboy cookies | Homesick Texan

5 from 1 vote

Cowboy cookies

Servings 24 cookies
Author Adapted by Lisa Fain from Saveur


  • 1⁄2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3⁄4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the oven is heating, place the pecans in an oven-safe skillet and roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  • Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and add to butter, sugar and egg mixture. Beat until well incorporated, and then stir in oats, chocolate chips, and roasted pecans.
  • Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, place the sheet and bake for 14-17 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

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  1. I have made these cookies 3 times in the last 2 weeks and everybody is absolutely LOVING them! My in laws, my neighbers, nephews and best friends! A new concept for the likes of us non cowboys here in Sydney…. we are all going nutty over them and they are getting guzzled away quick! Thank you so much for sharing. The recipe is a keeper xo

  2. PS: If I post this recipe/pic of my cookies on my blog and link it back to this page is that ok? Thanks xo

  3. Lisa Fain says:

    Saya–I'm glad you like the recipe, but unfortunately, you can't post the picture nor the recipe on your blog. Thanks.

  4. Liza in Ann Arbor says:

    What I love about this cookie is the chocolate chips. I'm always so disappointed when my oatmeal cookie contains raisins. Chocolate is so much better! By the way, I made my way here from Andi's newsletter today.

  5. Annette Geffert says:

    Congratulations, Lisa! Love your recipes and Big Texas heart! These cookies I will make for the grandkids.

    1. Lisa Fain says:

      Thanks, Annette! So fun seeing you here!