Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies packed with chocolate chunks, rolled oats, and crushed pretzels. These are a new spin on the traditional cowboy cookies that are made with coconut and walnuts. Similar to oatmeal cookies, these cowboy cookies are loaded with “extra” ingredients. I have no idea how the name cowboy cookies came to be, however, they are known by many names depending on who you talk to, such as Ranger Cookies, Kitchen Sink Cookies, and Everything Cookies. Call them what you want…I call them delicious! The soft, chewy, salty and sweet combination is out of this world!
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Cowboy Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 14 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cool but not cold, cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks (about 12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup thin salty pretzels (about 1 1/2 ounces), broken into tiny pieces but not crushed into dust, divided
Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the oats and stir to combine; set aside.
  2. Dissolve the espresso powder in 1/4 cup hot water and add it to the bowl, mixing until combined; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, add the vanilla, and beat for 5 seconds. Add the espresso mixture, mixing until combined.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and fold in the chocolate chunks and 1/2 cup of the pretzel pieces.
  5. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll a heaping two-tablespoons of dough into ball and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle the remaining pretzel pieces over the dough balls. Use the palm of your hand to gently press the dough to push the pretzel pieces into the dough.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until the edges of the cookies are golden brown or just start to darken.
  9. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 10 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Source: Baked Explorations

34 Responses to “Cowboy Cookies”

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    simplynutritiouskate — March 10, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Love the sweet and salty combo these cookies look fabulous!

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    Jeannie — March 10, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Great photos, so very enticing!

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    Alicia at Aligirl Cooks — March 10, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Gorgeous photos! I think the addition of chocolate and pretzels can make anything better!

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    Amy — March 10, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Man, Christina, you’re a cooking/baking machine this week! I loooove chocolate with salty pretzels…what a yummy cookie combo :)

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — March 10, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Love the addition of pretzels! Sweet and salty makes me happy. =)

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    Heavenly Housewife — March 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    They sound divine and your pictures are absolutely drool worthy. I was reading the other day how sweet and spicy are the new biggest taste sensation (you know, like the new pretzel m&m’s)
    *kisses* HH

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 10, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    So many delicious ingredients in one cookie, love!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 10, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I’m originally from Oklahoma, so I’m crazy about ANYTHING cowboy! ;)

    Love the sweet and salty combo!

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    Michelle — March 10, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    I love the sweet and salt combo. These look great!

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    Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) — March 10, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    I love the combo of pretzels and chocolate in just about anything, so this was just added to my bookmarked list. :)

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    cantstopbaking — March 10, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Pretzels and chocolate- I am there! I can’t wait to make these, too bad because I just made regular cowboy cookies last week- wish I had this recipe! BTW, I wanted to tell you that I love every single one of your recipes! I printed out 3 different muffins ( Dark Chocolate Banana, Cappuccino and chocolate chip) from your blog and made all of them, and they were ALL amazing. Thanks for such a great blog!

    • Christina replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much! I am so happy that you enjoyed all of the muffins! :)

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    Jenny — March 10, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    Talk about a decadent cookie!

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    Sara @ Saucy Dipper — March 10, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    Oh, man. What’s better than cowboy cookies. The ultimate indulge.
    On my way to enter your giveaway!

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    lena — March 10, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    kitchen sink cookies ? what a name! sure these cookies taste as wonderful as it looks! have a great weekend!

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    Kayla — March 10, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Oh my gosh, I am loving the look of these! I don’t think a cookie can get much better than that!

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    Meghan — March 10, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I love the salty and sweet combo and I love the name!

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    geet — March 10, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Looks awesome, probably would be baking some for the kids.

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    Dorothy — March 10, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Those sound so good! I may have to make them. :)

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    briarrose — March 10, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Wonderful cookie. I love the salty pretzels.

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    Steph @ okie dokie artichokie — March 10, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    I think these look quite beautiful. I’m really loving the variance in colors and texture. And who doesn’t like a good lookin’ cowboy? :-p Sorry, I’m a bit loopy at the moment. The Dayquil is really starting to kick in. Ha!

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    katshealthcorner — March 10, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    I love how you used Pretzels in these!!! Your photographs are stunning!!! What kind of camera do you use?

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — March 10, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Yee haw! I love theses cookies! Salty and sweet…mmmmm.

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    happywhennothungry — March 10, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of Cowboy cookies before but I love the salty and sweet combo. Definitely need to try!

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    This Italian Family — March 10, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    Wait! Cookies with pretzels?! Brilliant!

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    Brilynn — March 10, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    I bought a bag of pretzels a little while back with the express purpose of turning some of them into cookies and this looks like the perfect way to do it!

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    Sara — March 11, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    What a great recipe – the combination of sweet and salty is always tasty.

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    Heavenly Housewife — March 11, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    That is a picture perfect pound cake, super flavours daaahling!
    I’m doing a giveaway over at my blog for an $80 Amazon.com gift card! Come on over and enter :D
    Have a fab weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — March 12, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Yumm! I may just have to use this as my redemption recipe… Liz’s mom is getting a little tired of our flops!
    At least she still thinks we got a little piggy and ate the entire batch of red velvet brownies… That’s one flop I did not want to share. Never would have been able to live that one down.

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    Patty — March 19, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Love the pretzel twist – YUM!

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    Kristine — August 13, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    OMG!! These are amazing!! Ranger cookies don’t have pretzels in them, maybe they should. Thank you for all of your yummies recipes.

    • Christina replied: — August 14th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      You are welcome Kristine! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :)

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