Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe #Choctoberfest

I finally hit the jackpot with these chewy, buttery, Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe! Delicious oats, chocolate, coconut and pecans in every bite!  Thanks to our generous  gold sponsor for Choctoberfest, Imperial Sugar, for providing sugar for my recipes this week. I was not paid for writing this post.Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe | Chewy, buttery cookies with oats, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut

Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe

The first ever cowboy cookies I baked were a huge disappointment. The recipe called for Rice Krispies which lost their crispness within hours. It took me over a decade to recover from that fiasco and to make another batch. It was time to give these another shot!

I found the basic recipe for these easy cowboy cookies in the New York Times, attributed to Laura Bush circa 2000.

They were the winner of the Family Circle’s presidential candidates’ wives cookie contest where the Democrat vs Republican competition was moved to the kitchen. I can see why these gems won!Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe | Chewy, buttery cookies with oats, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut

My Cowboy Cookies Adaptations

Of course, I had to tweak this recipe for cowboy cookies a bit. I eliminated the cinnamon, switched up the coconut and decreased the amount of pecans. Of course, Bill would have loved these cookies  sans oatmeal, coconut and pecans. Yeah, those would be plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies! Some things never change.

Though the hubby wouldn’t go near these loaded cowboy cookies, I had some much less picky girlfriends over for coffee. They broke the humongous cookies into quarters to sample, but those same hands went back to the serving tray for more. I happily sent most everyone home with a baggie full of cookies and popped the rest in the freezer to remove temptation from my sight. They are dreamy!

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Loaded Cowboy Cookies Recipe #Choctoberfest

Yields 36 large cookies     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 mins



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups Imperial sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Imperial brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 cups angel flake coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl.
  3. In a very large bowl, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugars, and combine thoroughly.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
  6. For each cookie, scoop out 1/4 cup of cookie dough, roll into balls and  space 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Middles may have areas that appear slightly under done. Remove cookies from rack to cool.


Recipe Notes

Make one third of this recipe for a smaller batch of cookies.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough for smaller cookies and bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

If your cookies aren't perfectly round when they come out of the oven, use your spatula and tap the edges while the cookies are hot to form more circular cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 315kcal Calories from fat 164
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 23g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Note: this recipe makes a huge amount of dough. The measurements can easily be divided in thirds and you can also bake up more petite cookies (I recommend a rounded tablespoon instead of the 1/4 cup of dough called for in the recipe if you prefer a smaller version. Just decrease the baking time.).

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  1. 3 cups of chocolate and 2 cups of coconut flakes!!! They have got to be GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!

  2. Cowboy cookies are the best! Yours look absolutely perfect, as always! 🙂

  3. They really look good! And the oatmeal and pecans make them healthy… right?:@)

  4. These look so… delicious Liz, definitely a winner. I like your adaptations too, although I love both cinnamon and chocolate, I’m not a fan of them together. I’d gladly take a bag of these gems home, lucky friends you have!

  5. These look awesome Liz, chuck full of chewy and chocolatey goodness! I love oatmeal and pecans in cookies. Personally, I prefer slightly smaller cookies so I can est a whole one but JT would love the larger ones.
    BTW, I made your skillet chocolate chunk cookie and WOWZERS they were a huge hit at thanksgiving this year! So good that I’m blogging about it soon!

  6. A quarter of a cookie just won’t cut it for me. I’d want several of these beauties! These look terrific — great texture and flavor. Thanks!

  7. These cookies look so good. My son has the same tastes as your husband:) But my book club would love these.

  8. Great cookies and I agree with the coconut, the more, the better! I can’t imagine just a quarter of the cookies, that would take more control than I have. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks,Liz!

  9. Gorgeous Cowboy Cookies, Liz! How fitting they should come from the kitchen of Laura Bush! I love coconut and pecans in cookies. Not to mention chocolate. Glad you had girls over that can appreciate the finer things in life. XO

  10. I’ve only made cowboy cookies ones and it called for corn flakes instead of rice krispies and they were awesome! I can see how mushy rice puffs can be a disappointment. Glad you found a keeper this time!

  11. Can I trade places with your husband?? I would have no trouble eating these!! They look amazing Liz! I love the coconut and pecans!

  12. I can see why you would want to keep them in the freezer, they sound very tempting.

  13. These look like the perfect cookies! can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂 Thanks foe the recipe!! XO

  14. Perfect cookies.

  15. These sound yummy!! And hearty too! Yay for #Choctoberfest

  16. I haven’t baked any cookies this season and a cookie recipe that calls for 3 cups of chocolate chips is very tempting.

  17. This cookies are needed any my and ANYONE’S life!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  18. love the texture and size of these!!! And I totally agree with you on taking out the cinnamon, much better without!

  19. Yum! I’m definitely making this recipe! Off to pin it now.

  20. Those are especially beautiful cookies. I’d love to hear your tips on getting them to be so perfect!

  21. Carolyn Ingram says:

    These sound perfect!


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