Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies

Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

My daughter called a few nights ago looking for a Caramel Rice Krispy Treat recipe that I used to make when she was a little girl.  Luckily I had typed it up years ago and it was in my cookie notebook.  After we hung up I continued to look through the notebook and found some favorite cookie recipes that I have not made for a long time and quite a few recipes that I have never made.

You know, those recipes that sounded really good and I was keeping them safely stored to try for ‘later this week or early next week’ or some time in the next twenty years.

Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

One of the recipes that I found in my stash was a newspaper clipping of Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies.  Cowboy Cookies have been around for a long time, but this particular recipe was made famous by Laura Bush in the 2000 Family Circle Cookie Cook-off contest between her and Tipper Gore.

I am leaving politics out of this post (sensitive subject), but I’m thinking that Mrs. Bush probably had her finger on the pulse of Family Circle readers with this recipe (she won the contest). It is a loaded cookie and the extras such as pecans, chocolate chips, and coconut are interchangeable with ingredients such as other types of nuts, butterscotch chips, raisins, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, etc. The only substitution that I made was that I needed to use carob chips instead of chocolate chips due to an unfortunate and very inconvenient allergy to cocoa, which is, of course, an ingredient in chocolate. Such a strange allergy; it is really annoying, especially since it only developed a couple of years ago.

Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: PT15-17M

Yield: 3+ dozen large Texas -size cookies (see note below)

Recipe by Laura Bush

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used carob chips due to an allergy to chocolate)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces) (I used toasted pecans for a deeper pecan flavor.)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a very large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Please note: Mrs. Bush gives the instruction to make this in an 8-quart mixing bowl. I wanted to use my stand mixer for part of the process, but did have to transfer the ingredients to a large mixing bowl after I added the flour mixture.
  4. Gradually beat in the white and brown sugars. Continue to beat for 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add the vanilla and beat well.
  7. By hand, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Transfer mixture to a very large mixing bowl.
  8. Stir in the chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
  9. For large cookies, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake in 350 F oven 15-17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.

Notes

For 6 dozen small (regular size) cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each cookie. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes.

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In a large mixing bowl, add the flour…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
the baking powder…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
the baking soda…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
the cinnamon…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
and the salt.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Give everything a good stir to mix all together evenly.  Very important step.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
In a separate mixing bowl (as you can see, I am using a stand mixer, but whatever you have will be just fine) add the butter.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Beat the butter until it is smooth.  If the butter is at room temp, it’s probably going to be pretty smooth already.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Add the white sugar…
the brown sugar…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
and beat them together with the butter for about 2 minutes.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Now add the three eggs, but only one at a time, mixing well after the addition of each egg.  Don’t mess this up.  You’ll be in big trouble and Mrs. Bush will be paying you a visit.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Add the vanilla and mix it into the other wet ingredients well.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
By hand, stir in the flour mixture. Beating the flour will result in tough cookies. Plus, chances are huge that the mixer will send the flour flying all over your kitchen. So, STIR BY HAND.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
The rest of the mixing will be by hand.  Stirring by hand will tone your triceps–you know, the muscle in the back of your upper arm…yeah, that flabby one.  Soooo…add the chocolate chips…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
and the oatmeal…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
and 1 cup of the coconut…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
STOP!  Look at what you are doing.  Do you really think that you will be able to stir everything in this bowl?  You still have 1 cup of coconut and 2 cups of nuts to go.  (Yep, Mrs. Bush tried to warn us in the instructions that we would need an 8 quart bowl for mixing.  I didn’t read that part.  Did you?)
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Get out your BIG stirring bowl and dump everything into it.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Pick up where you left off.  Add the second cup of coconut…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
and the pecans.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Now do some more stirring.  If you are stirring correctly you will feel the burn in your stirring arm.  Work it, work it, work it…
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Okay stop stirring.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or a 1/4 cup scoop, drop the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Yes, you can use parchment paper or a silpat on the cookie sheet.  Leave plenty of room between the cookies.  I put 9 cookies on my cookie sheet.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
If you want to have normal size cookies (on the left) then only use about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough.  If you want humungo cookies, then use the 1/4 cup measure.  I did some of each.  These cookies are very rich, so if I were you I’d make more of the little fellers.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Gorgeous.  Simply gorgeous.  Thanks for the recipe, Mrs. B. Drop by some time and we’ll talk about stuff.
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies
Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

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Comments

  1. says

    I remember cutting this recipe out of the paper…just looking at your cookies has me wanting to make these SOON! I hope you’ll be joining us for French Fridays with Dorie!!!

  2. says

    These do look amazing and are loaded with such delicious goodies! I’m going to have to try making them. Too bad about your allergy to cocoa.

    Also, thanks for the comment on my refrigerator pickles. I’m going to try a small batch with turmeric and garlic coves next time!

  3. says

    Lizzy–how funny that you clipped the same recipe. I guess that newspapers around the country ran this recipe, but why wouldn’t they?!

    Savoring Time in the Kitchen–These cookies are wonderful and rich. The recipe makes a lot of ‘regular size’ cookies, so plan on giving some of them away. My husband took most of them to work with a sign that said “Free to a good home”.

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