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Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies


Laura Bush's lovely oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Bettie Raye when we worked together at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX; source: Family Circle Presidential Bake Cook-Off
Recipe type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American

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  • 3 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans (8-oz.)


Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 40mins
Adapted from


Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix sugars, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon with an electric mixer until well combined.
3. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans with a wooden spoon.
4. For each cookie, drop ¼ cup of dough onto cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spacing 3 inches apart.
5. Bake 17-20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
6. Remove to rack to cool.

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