Cowboy Cookies

There are 3 basic pieces of information I feel everyone should know about me first:

I am a proud Texas girl.

I LOVE hockey.

I love food.

So basically this blog will be about any one of those things, but very possible all of those things at once. I wanted to make my first post about a cookie that is near and dear to me. My grandfather once said "You can keep a marriage together with Cowboy cookies". I'm not sure he was speaking for everyone, but since he and my grandmother were married for the equivalent of forever, I'm going to take his advice. 

Cowboy cookies were made at every holiday, birthday, and summer get together we had at my grandparents. Full of rolled oats, chocolate chips, and pecans how can you go wrong? On a side note: My grandparents had 3 huge pecan trees in their yard and my grandmother would make the grandkids pick up pecans, crack and deshell them for her. We were rewarded with delicious cowboy cookies... totally worth it. 

I love this recipe for it's memories and the fact that they are just down right delicious. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Happy Baking!

Here is what you'll need:

·         2 cups of flour

·          1 tsp. soda

·         1/2 tsp. salt

·         1/2 tsp. baking powder

·         1 cup (2 sticks) Margarine** (don't use butter) or one cup of shortening*

·         1 cup sugar

·         1 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)

·         2 eggs

·         2 cups rolled oats

·         1 tsp. Vanilla

·         1 package Choc. Chips. (or 1 1/2 cups)

·         1 cup chopped pecans

The key to these cookies is how you mix it:Cream together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar and shortening or margarine in a bowl, it will look like wet course sand. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda then mix with the wet ingredients. When blended add chocolate chips, pecans and vanilla. I always add the oats last so they don't soak up all the vanilla. Mix and bake at 325 for 10 to 12 min. Then perfecto cowboy cookies!

*If you like thin and chewy cookies use the shortening. 

**If you like a fluffy cookie use the margarine 

This makes a large batch of cookies. (Great for parties or bake sales)

p.s. these also make the best ice cream sandwiches!