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These Cowboy Cookies taste like they came from a fancy bakery! They are thick and soft and full of nutty goodness! 

Close up of a Cowboy Cookies with a bite taken out of it.
They say that cowboy cookies originated back in the 1800s and were a popular treat for cowboys to enjoy while out on the trail, kind of like an old fashioned power bar. Now, there’s little to no evidence that this is true in any way. After all, the chocolate chip cookie itself wasn’t even invented until 1938. Cowboy cookies are still a delicious treat. This recipe takes a bakery style cookie dough and adds in chocolate chips, oats, chopped pecans, and coconut flakes. Just be careful, these cookies are dangerously addicting and it’s hard to eat just one.

Can I use walnuts instead of pecans for cowboy cookies? Can I toast the nuts?

Yes. Walnuts are a great substitution if you don’t have pecans or if you prefer them to pecans. Pecans have a soft texture are a slightly sweeter than walnuts. Almonds are also a good option.

Toasting the pecans is not necessary, but can improve their texture and flavor, making them richer and crispier. You can easily toast them by placing them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a single layer for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Do I need a stand mixer to make cowboy cookies?

These cookies can be made without a stand mixer, but you will at the very minimum need an electric hand mixer in order to whip the butter and sugars together in the same way.

Cowboy Cookie Dough in a mixer bowl.

Cowboy Cookie Dough Ball being placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Cowboy Cookies on a baking sheet being placed into the oven.

How can I make my cookies taller and thicker?

If you want these cookies to be extra thick and tall, shape the dough into balls and then refrigerate or freeze. This will help slow the spreading that occurs when baking. Baking the dough straight from the freezer will produce the tallest cookie.

What kind of oats should I use?

We recommend using quick oats in this recipe as it gives the cookies a nice chewy texture, without being overwhelming. Old fashioned oats can be used if you want an even chewier texture, but we don’t recommend using steal cut oats.

Bird's eye view of a cowboy cookie on a parchment paper.

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Bird's eye view of a cowboy cookie on a parchment paper.
These Cowboy Cookies taste like they came from a fancy bakery! They are thick and soft and full of nutty goodness! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
  • cup  salted butter softened
  • 3/4  cup  brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 2  3/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon  baking powder
  • teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, brown sugar, and sugar and mix on low using the paddle attachment. Increase to medium and mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Add in all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. Add in the quick oats and mix until just combined.
  • Pour in the chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut flakes and mix in using the paddle attachment or use a large spoon or rubber spatula to fold in.
  • Divide the dough into about 12 equal pieces. Use hands to roll into large balls. Place onto prepared baking sheets, 6 per pan.
  • Bake in the 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  • Let cool on pan 15 minutes before serving warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For 24 smaller cookies bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. 


Serving: 1large cookie | Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cowboy Cookies

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5 stars
Love her style and easy to understand instructions!

Gina Metzgar

5 stars
These are fabulous!! I’ve made them several times. Super simple and delicious. Great job Rachel!!

5 stars
They really look good. I am going to try making them.


5 stars
I have old fashion oats do I just put them in as is or do I put them in a food processor . Also I don’t like pecan/walnuts or the coconut will that be fine to leave them out? Will it still taste great?


Love these cookies!!! Only one problem…….they disappear too quickly!!!???

SueAnn M Furlong

Cookies look great, but mine tend to flatten instead of staying round/thick! What am I doing wrong?

When this happens, I first check to make sure the baking soda is fresh. If your baking soda is old, your cookies will tend to be flatter than intended.


Try chillin the dough before baking. I make balls of dough first, then chill them in the tray in the fridge, and finally I flatten them with my palm and into the oven they go.

Julie Buchert

5 stars
I made them today and totally read the recipe wrong so put in twice the white sugar by accident but they still turned out perfect! I am not a pecan eater so I substituted almonds. I’d add a pic but there’s not an option. ♥️


Inhave my mother in laws recipe. My husband loved them, I left out the coconut


These look delicious and I can’t wait to give them a try! I only have sweetened coconut flakes. Can I use them and just reduce the amount of granulated sugar by 1/4 cup or so?

Tracy D

4 stars
I’ve had better, that friends have made, through the years. These are too, floury. Maybe, I’m thinking of an everything type of cookie. The hunt continues. My husband was shock, that I even baked. But, hey, when you’re self quarantined, ya gotta keep busy. ?


5 stars
Just made these this evening and they turned out beautifully. I made 12 large cookies- they came out of the oven looking just like the picture and boy are they ever delicious. If you’ve never made cowboy cookies, I highly recommend you fire up your mixer ASAP and give these bad boy’s a whirl!


So glad I found you! Your recipes look delicious. Time to start baking.

Just tried these. Very good. Had to use hand mixer which took longer,

Can I use Splenda and a different type of flour?
i.e.spelt,garbanzo bean etc.

We have not tried artificial sweeteners or other flours, so we cannot recommend them. It is usually not an easy substitute, and the cookie will turn out very different in texture and taste if made with other flours.


Would it be okay to use unsalted butter or would it throw the flavour off entirely?

You can use either salted or unsalted butter.

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