Texas Cowboy Cookies

Everything’s bigger in Texas and these Cowboy cookies (sometimes called Texas Cow Chips) are no exception. They are crispy on the edges but chewy and moist in the middle, and have about a hundred mix-ins that all combine to create the Texas of all cookies.

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

Do you go all out for Back to School shopping? Charlotte is just going into kindergarten in a couple weeks (cue the tears…cheers?) so I have zero experience in this field.

But this morning I noticed that her extremely worn, hand-me-down pajama pants only reach halfway down her shins, and the long-sleeve arms are about 6 inches short. When she sits her cute little crack shows. I’m pretty sure I have a kindergartener who’s wearing 3T pajamas on the regular.

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

This particular pair of pajamas is from a hand-me-down haul that I picked up 3 years ago. A friend of a friend announced that she was getting rid of a bunch of little girl clothes and did anyone want them. So I show up at this person’s house that I do not know and start bagging it up, hunter-gatherer style.

I remember her saying, “I know a lot of this stuff is in good shape, but I figure if we have another girl, all these clothes will be out of style anyway.” This is the part where I try to keep my eyes from widening, nod my head “mm-hmm,” and just start shoveling free out-of-style clothes in my garbage bag like a good little scavenger.

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

This is lazy parenting 101, by the way. Wait to buy clothes until someone gives you some of theirs. I guess I should, like, start providing for my children or something. (In my defense, this is often my own strategy for obtaining clothes. Remember the hand-me-down incident where my sister-in-law gave me a shirt that wasn’t even hers?)

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

You know what else makes a good hand-me-down? COOKIE RECIPES. This is a recipe that my sister (who lives in Texas) texted to me a while back. A friend of hers had posted it on a mutual friend’s Facebook page, I think she had gotten the recipe from her mom.

I changed it up a little to suit my taste (threw out the raisins, because gross), and you can too. I almost called them Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies, because there are a ton of mix-ins. (Pecans, peanut butter chips, coconut, oats, corn flakes…) Somehow it all comes together and makes a fabulous cookie that is just so interesting to eat (in a good way, not a weird way).

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

They are crispy on the edges and perfectly soft and chewy in the middle. I love how BIG they are. I mean you have to make them big, they are Texas cookies. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right?

(**Where are all my Texas readers? Do ya’ll have this recipe? Did your mom/grandma make it?**)

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

And this goes without saying (because I think this is true for every cookie recipe ever), but THE DOUGH. Oh man. I have leftover shaped cookie dough balls in the freezer and sometimes I pull one out and just eat it, or microwave it for a few seconds so it gets all gooey. DO IT!

Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Texas Cowboy Cookies

Yield: Makes about 18 large cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (and toasted!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) peanut butter chips (I used Reese's)
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. If you want to toast your pecans (you do! you do!) chop them up and throw them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast for 3-5 minutes, until fragrant. Don't let them burn! Remove from heat and let cool while you make the dough.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Add both sugars and beat well, scraping sides and bottom.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  5. Add the flour but don't mix it in. Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the flour and use a small spoon to blend it with the flour a bit. Then mix in the flour, but stop before it's fully incorporated.
  6. Add the oats, corn flakes, pecans, and coconut to the bowl. Mix in gently.
  7. Add the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips and mix until everything is incorporated. Don't over mix, it will make your dough tough.
  8. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.*
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a couple baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
  10. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup (THINK TEXAS, YA'LL)* to scoop these onto the pan. Leave at least a couple inches in between each ball of dough.
  11. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, until the cookies are golden on the edges and they are not too shiny in the middle. (A little shine is okay.)
  12. Let cool as long as you can before stuffing your face! These are great dipped in milk.


*If you are in a big hurry like I always am (Who's not in a hurry to eat cookies?) do my cheat-chill: Shape the dough onto pans as described above and toss in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then bake as directed. Or you could put the shaped dough into ziplock bags, freeze, and have cookies ready to be baked at a moments notice! (I always have cookies in my freezer. Always.)

*My sister pointed out that ya'll is spelled wrong. But since I'm nothing but a Texas poser, I'm leavin it.


Source: I got this recipe from my sister Laura, who got it from a friend who got it from her mom I think. Don’t quote me.

Even MORE cookies you will love!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies << I love these. All the good things about Mint Chip Ice Cream, but in a warm gooey cookie.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Frosting: << this is a reader favorite!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Frosting from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Cookies from friends!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Life Love and Sugar
Molten Lava Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies from Sprinkle Some Sugar





  1. Sunny says

    OK – I am one who actually likes raisins (like oatmeal raisin), so if you substitute the peanut butter chips for raisins, about how much raisins would you use? Can’t wait to make these – and love the idea of putting dough balls in the freezer to make later!

    • says

      Hey Sunny! The original recipe calls for raisins ON TOP of all these other ingredients, can you believe it? i thought PB chips and raisins sounded kinda weird together but maybe I’m just close minded :) It calls for 1/2 cup raisins for this amount of dough. Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Stefanie says

    I just love your stories! I do not call that being a lazy mom, it’s frugal. When you don’t spend money on “stylish” clothes you can spend more somewhere else, like on all the mix ins for these cookies. Cookies or clothes? Cookies win every time!

  3. Zara Pyatt says

    Yum. I am the original cookie monster, so will need to try these. Agree on deleting the raisins. What’s that all about?? As for back to school shopping. Recommend just buying what you need for the very first few weeks of school. Bought jeans for my daughter for back to school and by the time it was cool enough to wear, she had already out grown. I only buy as needed now. The back to school shopping concept is a great PR campaign, not reality for growing kids.

    OK to cry when you drop kiddo off at kindergarten

    • says

      You are smart. It really is just a PR campaign. I should do more buying-as-needed. Unfortunately I’ve proved myself to be the wait-until-clothes-are-3-sizes-too-small kind of mom. Onward and upward! Thanks Zara! Hope you enjoy the cookies :)

  4. says

    I’ve never ever heard of these cookies before (and thank you for removing the raisins) but they sound kind of incredible! I love the pecans!

    And I’m so with you – I’m all about the hand-me downs. Saves money and my kids love it too!
    Chels recently posted…Tomato Basil PieMy Profile

    • says

      The kids totally do love it! My son gets hand me downs from his cousin and he talks about wearing “Eli’s shirts” all the time. it’s so cute.

      Cheers to another raisin hater! At least in cookies :)

  5. says

    Lucas is in China, but now I can’t wait for him to get back so I can find out if his mom/grandma made these cookies! I’m with you on the raisin trash btw. Ew. And also: maybe Char wants some of Zoella’s hand me downs – I bet they’ll fit perfectly.

  6. Katie says

    I skipped the oats and corn flakes because I thought I could and they expanded sooo much. Basically made pancake cookies. No idea what happened or why- this has literally never happened to me, typically when I follow a recipe they come out just as they should :(

  7. Michelle says

    I just made these for my office for tomorrow and oh my!!!! They are delicious!! Best cookie I’ve tried in a very long time; thank you!!

  8. Rose says

    Hey there,

    Thank you so much for the recipe, these cookies are delicious! If I freeze some cookie dough balls, how do I then bake them? Defrost or no defrost? And keep the same temp? Thanks so much again!

    • says

      Hey Rose! I always freeze cookie dough balls. I would let them sit on the counter for about a half hour, then bake as usual. You might need to bake a couple minutes longer, keep an eye on it. Enjoy!

  9. Makenzie says

    These cookies are so good and I feel lucky to have stumbled upon your recipe! I’ve been baking for years and can’t seem to figure out why these cookies are so flat for me! Any ideas? I know you mentioned in any earlier comment that that’s just how these cookies are but mine are way flatter than yours in the picture. What am I doing wrong? HELP, I can’t give up this recipe, it’s too yummy!

      • nicolthe says

        I’m not sure if this is your problem, but both oats and coconut will absorb moisture. It’s likely the type of oats/coconut or the sitting time that’s making it seem like the cookie has too much liquid in it; making flatter cookies.

  10. Kathy says

    I found your recipe on Pinterest. I followed the recipe as written with the exception of the peanut butter chops. I replaced them with Kraft caramel bits. OMG with the caramel coconut and pecans, it is delish! Thanks for sharing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge