Though the Bushes have been out of the White House for some time now, and a bit removed from the public eye, Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies are unforgettable. Imagine if you could combine all of your favorite cookies into one—the result would be the cowboy cookie. With the mixture of cinnamon, oatmeal, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips, you can’t go wrong. Your Democratic and Republican friends alike will easily devour the three dozen cookies that this recipe yields. Serve them at your next get-together (an election day party, perhaps?) or send them with your kid to sell at the school bakesale. With prep time around 25 minutes and baking time around 20, these will be out of the oven and onto the cooling rack before your episode of The West Wing is over.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies Recipe
3 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups packed light-brown sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconuts, and pecans.
Roll dough into balls, about ¼ cup each and put on ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart.
Bake in oven for 17-20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Rotate sheets halfway through. Take cookies out of oven and place on rack to cool.