As a baker I’m always on a quest for a better something: like a better sugar cookie or better lemon bar even though I have really great recipes already.
That quest for perfection (in baking at least!) led me to a little something from our former first lady, Laura Bush. It’s got every good ‘extra’ a cookie should have: chocolate chips, oatmeal, pecans and coconut.
One caution: this recipe makes a LOT of dough. After adding the final ingredients, my KitchenAid was about to overflow. But that’s hardly a complaint!
Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies
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
1 tablespoon 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. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the 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 oven for 17 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool.
Note: For smaller cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes.