February 21, 2021

Cowboy Cookies

Tradition beheld, political candidates shared family recipes during their campaigns to help promote family values and humanize them. In 2019, upon the magazine’s folding, Family Circle retired their friendly and long standing cookie competition among Presidential candidates’ wives.

Traditionally, Family Circle published their cookie recipes and asked readers to bake both and vote for their favorite. In 2000, Mrs. Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s House Cowboy Cookie went up against Mrs. Tipper Gore’s Ginger Snap Cookie. The Cowboy Cookie took the prize and has been a baker’s favorite ever since. Enjoy!

Cowboy Cookies

The original winning recipe for Mrs. Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookie.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Author Stasia Wimmer Boschetti


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups light-brown sugar packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Heat oven to 350 ℉.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a very large bowl, beat room temperature butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  4. On medium speed, slowly beat in both sugars until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg. Beat in vanilla. Slowly beat or hand stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

  5. By hand, add in the chocolate chips, oats, coconut, chopped pecans, and mix until combined.

  6. For each cookie, place ¼ cup dough onto an ungreased baking sheet or lined with parchment paper, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake in a 350 ℉ oven for 15 minutes (rotate sheets halfway through baking), bake until edges are lightly browned and center is still soft, they will look slightly undercooked in the middle but once cooled they will be perfect. Cool cookies on cookie sheet until you can transfer them to a cooling on rack.


Recipe Rating

Shrimp Tacos With Chipotle Lime Slaw
Chipotle Lime Crema Sauce
Hometown Creamy Macaroni Salad
Vegetable & Herb Chicken Tortellini Soup
No-Bake Cheesecake
Hot Chicken Salad Casserole