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Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

by Laura

I have a recipe I have already shared before for cowboy cookies, but know I am going to share Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. Her cookies are slightly different. Also, they are award winning cookies.

Apparently, in 1992, Family Circle magazine began a political bake-off during every Presidential election year. For the 2000 election, Laura Bush shared this recipe for Texas Governor’s House Cowboy Cookies.  This recipe beat out Tipper Gore’s ginger snap recipe.

These cookies are everything you would expect from a cookie from Texas. They are big and full of all kinds ingredients. There is oats, chocolate chips, coconut, pecans. They have a nice and chewy texture thanks to the 2 kinds of sugars, oats, and coconut. You will love ’em.

Originally, the recipe makes 36 cookies and doesn’t fit in a Kitchen Aid. As a result, I scaled it down 1/3 to make the recipe more manageable and easy to mix in my Kitchen Aid mixer.

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Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

  • Author: Laura
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars and then beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Add in the flour mixture and blend just until combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. and carefully mix in.
  5. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake in 350 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to rack to cool. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

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