Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cowboy Cookies

I have a confession to make...I have a thing for cowboys. I think it comes from growing up around... well some cowboys. My Grmpa Ed was a serious cowboy/horse trader/mule team driver and most of my Moms 6 brothers are cowboys in some form or another.
My Dad is a retired rail road man, but as long as I can remember he has worn a cowboy hat, boots, and usually a western shirt. This is my Dad and I at his surprise 70th birthday party in August.
This is my nephew Derrick...yea a really serious cowboy, he is chasing his dreams...he just started a job in Iowa training horses. Grace took this picture of Derrick when he took her for an early morning ride before my Dads party, where we served...

2 sticks butter (or 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco & 1 stick butter)
2 2/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tbls. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2 2/3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream butter, sugars, and vanilla, then add eggs. Mix oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt then add to creamed ingredients. When mixed fairly well then add pecans and chocolate chips. (I have a big mixer so it does all the work for me/us. If you don't have a heavy duty mixer you may need to finish with your hands). Shape into balls the size of a walnut (I/we cheat/work smarter here also and use a small ice cream scoop) Place on sprayed cookie sheet about 2" apart. Bake in 350* preheated oven for 11-13 min. Cool on baking sheet for 5 min then finish cooling on cooling racks. makes about 4-5 dozen. This is a double recipe, cuz cowboys don't mess around and they freeze really well. They are a dry cookie...great for dipping in strong coffee after one of those long trail rides, or long car ride north.

Now Jon...not so much the cowboy, more like a farm boy. We haven't yet found a cowboy hat that I like on him. He does wear cowboy boots...
...but this is the kind of Mustang he likes to ride!
He is waiting for the paper work(old cars+lost titles=hassle) he will then haul it home and start chasing his dreams, and one day I can say "hey cowboy, take me for a ride!".


Tessa Nelson said...

those cookies look like choc chip cookies w/ oatmeal and pecans??

Unknown said...

More oatmeal recipes *grins*. Hubby will love these, as he is a pecan lover (myself, not so much). Will have to give these a try! :)

Tami said...

There is nothing wrong with skipping the cowboy hat. :) I'm making these cookies today, they look so yummy. Love the picture with Dad, especially the chicken coup in the background. It is very Grandma Brownish.

Bev said...

Your cookie recipe looks to be a large batch, just what I need right now. Have Granddaughter, her hubby and 2 small sons living with me, plus my son (his 2 sons are in and out), daughter and family next door,etc. Thank you!

Barb said...

The Marlboro Man??? Car looks like fun. Is that the winter project?

DayPhoto said...

That is the way I feel about hard hats and farmers caps!


~Daina Marie~ said...

lol i love cowboys too!!! lol as my email shows.... lol i think it is growing up around them. your cookies were really yummy! i love you so much! cant wait to see you again!

Anonymous said...

YUM YUM YUM and THANK YOU for using Crisco, that is key to the perfect cookie;) You mentioned your dad was a railroad man. My husband's grandfather and great grandfather retired from the Rock Island Line.

StitchinByTheLake said...

My husband isn't a cowboy but he would so love those cookies! blessings, marlene

abroadermark said...

I love the picture with your dad too. I don't even know you guys and it makes me smile. But I'm smiling even more at the sight of those yummy looking cookies! Mark my words, I'm making a batch of those babies before this weekend is over. :D

Joyce said...

I love cowboy cookies even if I am a New York Yankee fan:) Thanks for sharing your story and recipe with me today.