What's my favorite desert recipe??? COWBOY COOKIES!!! There's not even a question. Once I introduced Brian to my favorite treat, they've worked their way to a high spot on his list as well. I love these cookies so much that I gave them (and the recipe) as favors to the out-of-town guests who came to our wedding. One of Brian's aunts even brought me some in the hospital after my brain surgery. They tasted just like home.
Like most of the best things in life these cookies have a story. I can't say where this recipe originally came from, but I know that my family got it from my very first school. This was a little old country elemetry school with 180 students K thru 8th grade. We had a tiny lunchroom with just 2 or 3 ladies who fed all the students and teachers. These ladies were by far the best part of going to the school. Our meals tasted like home cooking and were made with love. And occasionally, we got wonderful fresh baked treats, like cowboy cookies! I don't know where those wonderful ladies got the recipe, but since I was a kid, they've been my favorite. They were also probably the first thing I ever baked on my own. It's a simple recipe that (in my later years) I've made a few of my own adaptations to based on my mood. Regardless of which variety I make, they are always a hit.
1/2 lb Butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 heaping cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
2 cup Flour
2 1/2 cup Oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients. Drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes. They should look a little raw in the middle when you pull them out of the oven. Place on wax paper and let cool for a few minutes or until you just can't take it any more!
|Going into the oven.|
|Coming out of the oven, these cookies still look raw in the middle and |
just about perfect around the edges. Once they cool, they'll be perfectly
browned and wonderfully soft and gooey. Cookie heaven.