Cowboy Cookies

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I’m crazy about these cookies, so you might be too! >> Cowboy Cookies!

Cowboy Cookies

Sometimes the simplest of cookie recipes are the most delicious cookie recipes!  In most of the world I think these are known as Oatmeal Scotchies (or something like it), but since I am kind of obsessed with everything cowboys… I’ve named them Cowboy Cookies.  I’ve been making these cookies for years, and I love them with butterscotch chips… but there are some chocolate chip purists out there who may shun the butterscotch chip idea.  Just give them some chocolate instead!

Cowboy Cookies Recipe

These cookies make great lunch stuffers for school or camp.  My son has a couple more torturous weeks of school left, so I have these tucked into the freezer for his bagged lunches.  But once he’s finished (and officially a high schooler!!!!), he’ll find use for these in the million camps he’s attending this summer.  Though I have spotted my husband sneaking some frozen cookies too!

Cowboy Cookies Recipe -

So make these for yourself… or for your family… or for a friend… or for your favorite cowboy… Cowboy Cookies!

Cowboy Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 6 ounces (or more!) butterscotch chips or chocolate chips
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter with the sugars. Add the eggs to the creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture gradually. Then stir in the vanilla, oats and chips.
  3. Drop small spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
These cookies freeze well!

Here are a few more cookie recipes with butterscotch chips that you might enjoy:


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  • stacey wrote:

    Unsalted  butter?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      either would be fine, but yes… in general, unsalted is best.

  • Jessie wrote:

    Wow, they look so delicious! Maybe I  will try to make them on my own, even though I’m not much of a cook. 🙂 

  • Brooke wrote:

    I love oatmeal scotchies, can’t wait to try this recipe. I had to chuckle when I saw you named them Cowboy Cookies, as my uncle was the one that first introduced me to them. The funny part is that he is a full fledge hard headed cattle roping cowboy. He told me he didn’t like any other kind of cookie, so I’ve made many batches to accompany us on roping trips!

  • Joan Hayes wrote:

    Lori, I love cowboy cookies, and your recipe looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing! 

  • Denises wrote:

    Can these be made into bars?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      you could certainly try. But they’re kind of a crispy cookie, so perhaps underbaking them a little if you make them into bars!

  • Pallavi Bohra wrote:

    Thank you for sharing, such a delicious cookies. I think we can try with peanuts, cashews and almonds same as butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four wrote:

    Oh how yummy! I love that you did a combo of oats and butterscotch chips – so perfect!

  • Jen wrote:

    Love these cookies so much! Looking forward to making them.

  • joy wrote:

    Seems so easy to make and sounds good too!

  • Blake wrote:

    I love this recipe. How long do they freeze for, and how do you prefer to reheat/thaw the cookies? Thank you for your help. 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think they’ll be fine in the freezer for a couple of months if they are sealed properly. I just let them thaw at room temperature.

  • Liz wrote:

    Love your cookie recipes. Thank you and have a great week.

  • erin wrote:

    YUM!!! These are delicious!