I had been on a diet for the past 24 days…well I’m not supposed to call it a diet…it’s actually a healthy eating schedule…haha. I wanted to drop the weight that I’ve gained when I started having my migraines. One of my neighbors does Advocare and I finally contacted her to hear about and made a decision to do it. 24 days. Smaller meals, portion control (I don’t ever remember having to weigh my food!! haha) and supplements (vitamins!! lots of it!!). It’s suppose to help balance your body and the way it has been abused for.. well for me, a lot of years. I’ve never ate super healthy, in fact, I hated vegetables. I love LOVE to eat… LOVE and the idea of it all seemed just horrifying. But I didn’t want to complain and be unhappy about my weight anymore so I committed. And I did it. I dropped some good weight, not as much as I wanted, but so happy with it, that I started another program, this time 6 weeks. This program builds in a workout schedule with specific workouts. So what does this all have to do with Cowboy cookies? haha. I’m getting there.
I finished the 24 on a Wednesday. I told my coworker I wanted some yummy food for lunch the next day. We went to Tender Greens and I got a salad. Hahah, not the splurge that you were probably thinking, but it was a splurge for me. (as I couldn’t have any kind of dressing, or cheese or BACON..yes this salad had bacon bits..yum yummm) As I was in line to pay for my meal, I passed the display of desserts. yum yumm…I resisted, until I saw, the Cowboy cookies. I thought I should just buy one as a treat for my BF (I made him do the challenge with me haha). Of course I took a few bites out of it (sharing is caring!!) and I wondered why it was called a cowboy cookie. It wasn’t ridiculously huge, in fact, it was a pretty normal sized cookie. It didn’t have anything that I thought cowboys would enjoy (well, I don’t know what it would be either haha) or what I would imagine them to like. When I ate some of the cookie, it was like a chocolate chip cookie with coconut shreds, oatmeal and pecans. When I looked up the recipe for it, that’s exactly what was in the cookies! (that from years of experience of shoving sweets in my face haha).
I scoured the internet to find out what the origin of the cowboy cookies were, and didn’t really find too much, until I came across this random baking website which said that it was the protein bars of the past. That’s what the cowboys ate for energy as they rode their horses on their trail rides. Ok, makes sense, but that still doesn’t explain why those specific ingredients were used..maybe those were what was available in abundance at the time. In any case, the cookie was yummy. Over the weekend I had the urge to make them. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe (my go to lady..even if she is a convict )..the results..yummy!
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch chunks (1 C)
3 ounces pecan halves
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder into medium bowl. (I ALWAYS cheat and don’t sift..I HATE sifting haha and it turns out just fine!)
3. Beat butter and sugars with mixer on medium-high until creamy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and mix in the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until just incorporated. Beat in oats, chocolate, pecans and coconut. (Dough may be refrigerated up to 3 days).
5. Drop dough onto baking sheets 3″ apart. A 1 1/2″ cookie scoop works well.
6. Bake until edges of cookies begin to brown, 11-13 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks. Cool.
This recipe got me about 3-4 dozen cookies!