I’m not exactly sure why these are called cowboy cookies. Maybe because they are hearty, robust cookies, with a mix of oatmeal and coconut and chocolate chips and walnuts? No nonsense, crunchy, chewy cookies with nothing fragile or delicate about them? I really have no idea. If I knew any cowboys I would ask them. The closest I ever come to a cowboy is when the Southern husband wears his cowboy boots.
I do love it when he wears those boots…
Where was I?
Oh yes, the cowboy cookies. I made these mainly because I loved the name of them, but as it turned out, I love the actual cookie just as much. These are a perfect marriage of oatmeal walnut cookies and your classic chocolate chip with some coconut thrown in, so every bite is filled with something good. The recipe comes from Martha Stewart, and hers called for pecans, but walnuts were what I had in my pantry so walnuts is what I made ’em with. Feel free to swap back to pecans if you are a pecan sort of person.
Can’t you just picture them cooling on your kitchen table? Cowboy Cookies…go make them!
COWBOY COOKIES, adapted from Martha Stewart