August 16, 2013


I try to always plan a Grandson and Maine Grandma project that Luke and I will share during one of our Atlanta visits. We decided for this visit, in honor of the end of summer and back-to-school week, we would make First Lady Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies. This recipe makes ALOT of cookies, so we thought it may be a good idea to share the sweetness and take some to his little neighbor friends. We made a trip to Michael's to purchase some cowboy stickers, little gift bags and tied it all up in his favorite color of orange ribbon. I must say, he did  a super job and these put a big smile on the face of all his friends! Good job Buddy!! Thank you to the Divine Miss M for her photography and recording such a sweet memory!





Chewy, monster-sized oatmeal cookies stuffed with nuts and chocolate chips,
enhanced with a hint of cinnamon.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups butter (at room temperature)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 large 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

Preheat oven to 350 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.


  1. What a fun post! I love baking with my grandchildren also. Two of them are girls who live in Maine...quite a distance from our West Virginia home. I loved the idea of sharing the cookies with your grandson's friends...complete with special stickers that he could decorate their bags with!

    1. Thank you Dianna! I believe I had more fun than our grandson baking cookies! Where in Maine do your grandchildren live? How fantastic you are able to go and visit such a beautiful state! I hope you are able to visit them soon and make your own memories of cookie baking!Hugs!

  2. Now that was a happy face at the end! I love baking with my grands and now that we're closer, I know those times will be plentiful. Cowboy Cookies are a recipe that I made so many times with my mother and have to rank up there as a true "comfort food." XOXO

    1. That is so great Susan. I know how happy you must be to be closer to your grandchildren. I will look forward to seeing some pictures of your good times! Hugs!

  3. Hi Estelle,

    Thanks for asking about where in Maine our family lives! Our son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters live in Milo, Maine...about 45 minutes from Bangor. Our son homeschools the girls and they will be coming here to West Virginia in September for a week while we make apple butter. Looking for some fun times with them then!


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