Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies are almost as popular as

the First Lady is!

Every time I have interviewed Mrs. Bush everyone who worked with me has been so impressed with how gracious and genuinely nice she is.

Well, Mrs. Bush’s cookies get rave reviews too, and it’s easy to see why!

Texas sized oatmeal cookies loaded with chocolate chips and nuts, these are some of my favorite cookies ever.

Every four years Family Circle Magazine holds a cookie contest between Presidential candidate’s spouses.

In 2000 Mrs. Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies won by a landslide over Tipper Gore’s Gingersnaps.

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
3 eggs
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.


Simple sugar cookies are another holiday favorite of mine and I’ll be sharing a killer recipe.

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie? Gingersnaps? Snickerdoodles?  Please tell me your favorite in the comments below.









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