This is one of the most popular recipes I ever post…
When I visited with former First Lady Laura Bush a couple of weeks ago, we were smiling about how good her Christmas cookies are. Mrs. Bush says one of the perks of living in the White House was that she didn’t have to cook because she doesn’t like to, but everyone loves her Christmas cookies!
In 2000, Mrs. Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies won by a landslide over Tipper Gore’s Gingersnaps in the Family Circle Magazine Christmas Cookie Contest.
So, here’s the original recipe for Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract.
Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through.
Remove cookies from rack to cool.