Grandma Mary’s Cowboy Cookies

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Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE baked goods. Like, LOVE. I can’t count the number of times as a little girl that my red-headed bestie and I snuck in the backroom in our basement to steal some cookies from her stockpile in the freezer. I am almost 29 (again) and I still sneak in my Mom’s freezer and break into her cookie stash. Ive gotten caught with my hand in the jar and wiping crumbs off my chin so many times, that its not much of a secret anymore (Sorry Mom). And as Shakira says “My hips don’t lie.” #sorrynotsorry

Yesterday at a meeting with some of my team, my husband insisted that I needed to add a cookie recipe and I should “do it tonight!”. *eye roll*. Obviously, I am a sucker for his good looks and devilishly handsome smile.


These cookies are some of my husbands favorite. Its a recipe handed down from his Grandma Mary and I vividly remember sitting at her kitchen table in Everett, PA copying this recipe down (and every other recipe my then-boyfriend, loved). Obviously this was the very moment my now-husband, probably decided I was “the one”. While we love the cookies just the way they are, we really love setting aside half of the chocolate chips to melt and drizzle on top and then sprinkle with coconut.



Grandma Mary’s Cowboy Cookies

1 Cup Shortening

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 Cup flaked coconut

12 oz chocolate chips (set 6 oz aside for melting)

2 Cups of flour

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Cups oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350. In a stand mixer (I love my Kitchen Aid) mix sugars with egg. Add vanilla, soda and salt- mix. Add oatmeal, coconut and flour followed by 6 oz of chocolate chips, mixing on low speed. Drop by spoonfuls on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let sit on sheet to cool for 1 minute, then move to cooling rack.





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