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Cowboy Cookies

I seem to have eras of chocolate chip cookies.  I find a recipe and I make it to death, then I find another and do the same, I think I need to loop back and revisit some of the oldies but goodies!  Like this Cowboy Cookie recipe from my mom.

Cowboy Cookie ~ a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Why are they called Cowboy Cookies?  I really have no idea.  This was a goto recipe of my Moms, she made this recipe often.  When I was a kid I always envisioned a cowboy on a horse saying HI-ho Silver away with a cookie held high in his hand as he trotted away across the open plain.  

Cowboy Cookie ~ a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

So I made the cookies, and I had them out on a rack on the counter to cool, I stepped into my office to get the recipe on here for ya’all.  I heard my oldest son in the kitchen, then he said Mom I’m leaving to meet friends, Ok I said.  I watched him drive away. Then heard him drive back in, run in the house slam a few kitchen drawers and rustle around for a minute; then I watched out the window to see what he was heading back to his truck with.  I couldn’t see.  So I called him, dont’ worry, our driveway is long and I knew he wouldn’t be out on the road for a minute.

me “what ya sneaking off with?”

him “cookies for Matt’s family”

me “K, love you”

him “K…..love you too”

me “drive safe, wear your helmet”

him “mom I’m driving my truck not my moped”

me “I know”

him “bye”

me “arrivederci”

Be still my heart.  My kid decided to share food with his friends family, without my prompting.  All on his lonesome he loved on others with the gift of food!  My work here is done people.  Here’s the cookie recipe.  Make them.   Go forth and multiply.  I’m not sure why I said that, it just seemed to flow.

Cowboy Cookies

This old school chocolate chip cookie recipe goes way back! Two kinds of chips, peanut butter, and oatmeal make them hearty and perfect for snacking and sharing!
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Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Course baked goods, snacks
Cuisine baked goods
Servings 30 cookies


  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Butterscotch Chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Scrape sides of bowl and continue to mix until cookie dough comes together. Aprox. 2 minutes.
  • Add in chips and combine. Drop 1 1/2 inch balls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
    Cool for 1 minute before moving cookies to a wire cooling rack.
Keyword butterscotch chips, chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter
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Cowboy Cookie ~ a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Have you loved on others with the gift of food lately?  If not I say you should do so by making some of these here Cowboy Cookies ya’all!

Much Love, Sheila

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe, I made them tonight for a family picnic tomorrow, however a large number have already been eaten while still warm! It’s such an easy cookie to make but they turned out beautifully. I will definitely make them again, but this batch will be enjoyed on our day out tomorrow in the English countryside so it’s doubtful there will be any cowboys to be found 😉

    1. I’m so glad that your family loves these cookies as much as mine. Enjoy your day in the countryside! Thanks for stopping by, <3 Sheila

  2. THANK YOU!! I made the Cowboy cookies for tonight’s treat after pizza… huge success!! Those Butterscotch chips just gave those cookies a nice round flavor and the texture was wonderful. One of our character little boys (my sister’s 6 year old grandson) wanted to know everything that was in the cookie and then I told him the name and he thought I made good cookies for cowboys and him. Tomorrow will be the final day for the reunion so we’ll see if I remain his favorite. Thanks, Shelia

    1. That is too cute! Sounds like he might be a little baker in the making, wanting to know all the ingredients! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Janey! Much love, Sheila

  3. I just made this recipe, but I made them smaller . I ended up with 6 dozen cookies about the size of a regular sized cookie. They are absolutely delicious !! We couldn’t stop eating them ! And they do come out perfect every time ~ ! And clean up is a breeze using parchment paper ( I already use it for everything from making quick breads to baking potatoes , etc . ) From my family to you …. THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE !

    1. So so glad you like them as much as we do! Thank you also for taking the time to let me know, your comments mean so much! Enjoy the weekend! xox sheila

  4. Perfect timing! It’s our turn to host the family reunion this year – in 7 days – and I needed more desserts ! (We take care of everything !) I will make these and the Triple Chocolate Cookies and I will be the ‘favorite aunt’ ! 🙂

    1. It is a wrap! LOL that silly newsletter is so fickle thats the ButterMilk Ranch Chicken Wrap I posted it in June. Its super yum!! I bet these cookies would go great with it for a picnic!! ;D Thanks for asking. XO Sheila

  5. I was looking for a good cookie to have around this weekend while my family is visiting, and I think I just found the one! These look perfect. Also, I am so looking forward to meeting you next week for Taste! Can’t wait to be in Cali sipping wine and getting to know you better.

    1. Courtney, Thanks! I hope they enjoy them. I can’t wait to meet you next week! Yeh me! See you soon, Sheila

  6. “Go forth and multiply!” I just about snorted my drink out my nose when I read that! haha! Quoting right from Genesis 1:28 …almost… lol!!! Oh, how I miss you, Sheila!!

    I can’t wait to try your version of Cowboy Cookies! I just printed it and put it on my list of things to bake when Judah feels better. He loves to share anything we make in the kitchen with our neighbors and friends, too. It’s heart melting, for sure! xoxoxoxo!!

  7. I’m with Kelly – these look lovely!
    Whenever we have a new neighbor move in or someone gives me vegetables from their garden, they get cookies or granola – or something. Sharing is caring, isn’t it?
    Can’t wait to make these…Yum!!
    Plus, darn those teenage drivers! Makes me nervous as anything xoxo

    1. No kidding, I’m getting more gray hairs everyday! This fall I will have one more starting to drive….that will make three teens driving. HepMeh!

    1. Apparently my son loves this type of cookie too! Did I mention they turn out perfect every time? Thanks for stopping by hope your summer is going well! XOX Sheila