Wednesday, December 7, 2011


A friend recently sent this recipe to me, and I mean really, how can you NOT try a Texas Cowboy Cookie? And while I think Laura Bush is a lovely, gracious woman and was a fabulous first lady, politically I hang this way (shhhh, don't tell!).......

(I was SO excited that I found this t-shirt in my closet, and cannot wait to wear it , or maybe a new one that doesn't say, "2008", proudly next year--I mean C'MON, have the Republicans come up with even ONE candidate any of us can take seriously?)

Because I am an open minded person, I am willing to cross those party lines and whip up Laura Bush's Texas Cowboy Cookies, all for the sake of my blog and my loyal readers! And I am the first to admit it:  these cookies are really DA BOMB--each cookie is as big as your head, and just chock FULL of yummy ingredients! So let's get started.....First thing to do is to mix dry ingredients in a bowl...............

Then beat THREE sticks of butter (LAURA, LAURA, LAURA! Tsk Tsk...No WONDER everything is bigger in Texas--sheesh!) on medium speed in your mixer until creamy...........

Beat in sugars, then eggs, then vanilla (I used my hand mixer, because this recipe makes so much cookie dough I was afraid it wouldn't all fit in my stand-mixer bowl)........

Add in flour mixture, then gently fold in all of the goodies.....oats, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans....yum!............

Drop dough by 1 / 4 cups onto ungreased baking sheets--I used my ice cream scoop, and only had 6 cookies on each baking sheet. They're THAT big....., but you could probably cram another 2 or 3 on there.....

Bake for about 20 minutes, then ooooh and aaaaaah at your Texas-sized creations......

So crispy and buttery and are going to LOVE these cookies! So are my Cookie-Palooza 2011 girls! Thank you, Mrs. Laura Bush! Here's the recipe.....

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tblsp. baking powder
1 tblsp. baking soda
1 tblsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 and 1 / 2 cups granulated sugar
1 and 1 / 2 cups packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tblsp. vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. In an 8 quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop 1 / 4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake in 350 degree oven 16 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool.


***10 days and counting until Little Miss Thing flies home for Christmas! Yee Haw!

***Our fun Northwood's Women's Club  holiday party I'm looking forward to next week, and my husband's office party. (Sigh...I have NUTTIN' to wear!)

***The fun I've been having at the gym with my husband lately...he always makes me laugh, and makes my time on the Eliptical trainer go by so quickly!


  1. Leslie, they do sound wonderful, but I better wait until February to make them ;o) I can smell sugar in my sleep these days!

  2. I love that Laura Bush - a class act. Can't believe you don't SEW a damn dress for the office party, you are just the craftiest!