September 19, 2010

Never Met a Cowboy Cookie I Didn't Like!

I know! It was the smell of these cookies that gotcha' didn't it? You were walking by The Maine House and suddenly, the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking came right out of our windows as you were enjoying your Sunday afternoon sidewalk stroll. We are so glad you stopped by for a chat. Come right on into our kitchen and join us for the afternoon.

 Estelle's welcomes all of her guests with a batch of these cowboy cookies warm from the oven.

The credit goes to Laura Bush and they have been a family favorite for some time. SO they are the official Maine House cookies!  Oh, yes.....got milk?

Laura Bush's 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
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounce)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract.
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 for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through.
Remove cookies from rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o`clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap." Al Hutchinson

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