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Wyoming Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Wyoming Cowboy Cookies Recipe

These cookies are very popular here. They're great for munching anytime. —Patsy Steenbock, Shoshoni, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips


  • 1. Place coconut and pecans on a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted, stirring every 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt Add to creamed mixture; beat well. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips and toasted coconut and pecans.
  • 3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for about 12 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • For hearty cowboy appetites, double the size of these cookies. Just make sure to increase the oven time, baking these until they're golden brown.
  • Take care not to overbake, though: You want them to be crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside.
  • Leftover cookies are great for crumbling on top of ice cream.
  • Nutritional Facts

    2 each: 211 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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    Jellybug User ID: 53068 271599
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2017

    "I love these sweet cookies, made them for my grandson and we ate most of them..Going to buy more butter to make another batch. I did not think they were dry at all."

    Deb User ID: 9206011 268542
    Reviewed Jun. 26, 2017

    "In Oklahoma we call these "Dishpan Cookies"; I think because the recipe makes such a large batch, you need to mix it up in a big ole' dishpan! I've been making these cookies since I was a teenager, hoping to impress my boyfriends. ;) Now, this is my husband's favorite cookie; he is always disappointed if I make any other kind! I add 1 cup of dried cranberries to the recipe, really adds a nice flavor contrast to the chocolate chips. These are big, hearty cookies, they freeze great and travel well. I bake them for 11 minutes, using the medium size Pampered Chef scoop to portion out the dough."

    Amanda User ID: 4766435 268239
    Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

    "These are hands down the BEST cookie! They are my husband's favorite! I make it just as it says, and cook about 10 min. :)"

    foxyhottcakes User ID: 8321657 267423
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017

    "These have a great flavor. I think next time I'd like to try half shortening half butter or butter flavored shortening instead so they don't get so crispy. Toasting the coconut and pecans is a great touch!"

    LegalSec User ID: 548619 266279
    Reviewed May. 24, 2017

    "I haven't made yet and will, but people were commenting that they were a tad dry. I think I will reduce the oats to 1-1/2 cups and watch the bake time and start with 10 minutes and I will also too reduce the sugar and I don't think I will toast the coconut or pecans. Will update after I make."

    PageRD User ID: 5881442 266235
    Reviewed May. 23, 2017

    "I love the flavors in these cookies, but they seemed a little dry. After the first batch, I cut the cooking time down to 10 minutes. I took them to an office meeting and people really liked them."

    jnjkoho User ID: 5996647 263130
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

    "I had leftover "kisses" and chopped them up to make the chocolate chips. Think they really MADE them taste super good. Lots of compliments."

    AnnaDurbs User ID: 7927638 259878
    Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017 Edited Feb. 7, 2017

    "Has anyone tried making half this recipe?just to update. I halved the recipe and it worked great. bake about 18 min."

    laceyest User ID: 3475325 253288
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

    "I've been baking these for years. Sometimes I forego the chocolate chips and add chocolate covered raisins. So good!"

    Bonne131313 User ID: 6327952 251788
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

    "I needed to increase flour 2 1/2 to almost 3 cups and refrigerated dough between baking batches. . After that, they turned out great! I'm at 9,000 ft."

    jamesbell123 User ID: 8576927 235137
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

    "This recipe was a catastrophe for me. I followed the directions and they ended up burning the bottoms resembling an odd chunky tuile. fell apart and were not edible as a cookie. tasted extremely sweet and some of the non burnt ones were decent as a topping for ice cream."

    pkrisgin User ID: 8144122 222906
    Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

    "These are the bomb! One of thee best cookie recipes I have now. Everyone raved about them gone in less than 24hrs.! lol Thank you for another hit....."

    annie350 User ID: 7968208 217919
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

    "Ok, first these cookies have WAY to much sugar in them. I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 cup of packed brown sugar and did not include the granulated white sugar. Second, i reduced the baking time to 10 minutes as i felt 12 minutes was to long. And third, i dropped the dough by the spoonfuls onto the baking sheets instead of a rounded teaspoonfuls. In conclusion, I also make these cookies by excluding the chocolate chips and increasing the amount of coconut and pecans and use 1 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar."

    ryanmckenna User ID: 3580113 2212
    Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

    "Made these yesterday. Was looking for a "cowboy cookie" but all I could find were recipes making larger size cookies. Came across this recipe and based on the reviews, I decided to make them. These probably are now my absolute favorite choc chip recipe. I did take the pecans and coconut out of the oven and immediately put in the bowl to mix causing the choc chips to slightly melt. Oh my. awesome. I could eat them for a meal."

    parksville User ID: 1598935 3872
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014 Edited May. 24, 2014

    "Great cookies, nice and chewy smacking w/ plenty of chocolate, but we found them a bit dry so not sure if they were over-baked or if the mixture needs a bit more moisture."

    Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 2499
    Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

    "Very good! I might cook them a little less next time though. I like my cookies to be soft."

    nickymp User ID: 6633648 4470
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

    "These are sooo yummy. I'm asked to make them all the time. I use different nuts sometimes but still fantastic."

    hecticchick37 User ID: 173818 4032
    Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

    "I bought this amazing coconut chocolate chip cookie at a bakery in the Phoenix airport and wanted to try to replicate it at home. This recipe was definitely a winner. I received so many compliments on the cookies. If I make it again I would have to plan on giving some away or else I would eat them all!"

    Stearns22 User ID: 7199466 199080
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

    "We love Cowboy cookies in my family-we've made several different versions. I must say this is one of the best ones. We love coconut, so next time I will add more. My husband doesn't like nuts, so we add butterscotch chips instead. LOVE!"

    sandramunson User ID: 4235224 7764
    Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

    "With all the sugar, they are very sweet. I made them with 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 white chocolate. I didn't have pecans, so I used walnuts. If you use a small cookie scoop, (I have the Pampered Chef small scoop) you will get about 8 1/2 dozen."

    bziol User ID: 698746 2494
    Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

    "One of the first Oatmeal cookie recipes that doesn't have raisins and that makes me happy. I'm not a big fan of coconut so I cut the amount down a bit. Not bad at all."

    sharranh User ID: 6429283 4469
    Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

    "They are great, now my husband wants me to make them for him to take to work."

    kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 7140
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

    "With my cookie scoop I ended up with 8 1/2 dozen cookies. My family loved these."

    Southernmama User ID: 81270 5485
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

    "Coconut and white chocolate chips. Have mercy!!! ;o)"

    dumplin123 User ID: 4313317 7138
    Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

    "Friends and family loved these. I even thought they were really good and I am not a fan of coconut. Will definitely make these again."

    Katharine User ID: 636977 199079
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

    "I added raisins as well and every time I bake them they disappear very quickly."

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