FFwD Valentine’s Day Cookie Swap: Cowboy Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope your day is filled with sweet surprises.  I certainly got one this week!  After the success of the French Fridays with Dorie holiday card exchange, the sweet and fearless Doristas stepped up a notch and organized a cookie swap for Valentine’s Day.  Like all good friends, IRL and online, my blogging friends overlooked my dwindling participation on our weekly assignments and allowed me to be someone’s secret cupid.  That’s how I found myself waiting patiently for a special delivery earlier this week.  I got wonderful cowboy cookies made from scratch.  Yes, by Karen P, our From Scratch girl.

Since I’ve been working crazy hours – budget busy season crazy – I arranged to have the cookies shipped out to my parents.  After confirming with the awesome Alice the whereabouts and delivery timing for my cookies, I called Mama to have her watch out for the postal service.  Once the box arrived, she opened it, giving me a play-by-play account of the process over the phone.  These are the pictures she loaded into my photostream on real time:

“Packaging materials… these are well protected!”

“Two boxes of cookies!”

“Those cookies are BIG!”

“Cookie butter?”
(Me: “OMG, SPECULOOS cookie butter!  Trader Joe’s! Oh, she’s the best!”)

Thank you, Karen!  It takes a cowboy’s appetite to down more than one of these in one sitting.   They are delicious, and filling, and chocolatey/salty yum!  Have a hoot of a Valentine’s Day too!

 Cowboy Cookies
Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached white pastry flour (or 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 350F˚

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture and a blend well. Mix in the oats. Using a large spoon (or a stand mixer on low speed), fold in the chocolate chips. The dough will be fairly stiff.

On uncoiled or parchment-lined baking sheets, drop rounded tablespoons of dough about 4 inches apart. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

19 Responses to “FFwD Valentine’s Day Cookie Swap: Cowboy Cookies”

  1. February 14, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    my hubby LOVES cowboy cookies!! but we like to include dried cherries, raisins and butterscotch chips in it and it makes for a hearty and fast “breakfast” cookie… LOL – looks like you are certainly enjoying Valentine’s day!

  2. February 14, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Awww – how fun.

    I enjoyed doing an exchanged with the FFwD crew – they are totally the best!
    (And the cookies you sent out looked amazing too – love guava paste)

    • February 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      Make ’em! I’m sure you’ll find the guava paste without a problem.

      I bought some mango paste and thought about swapping the butter for coconut oil “to see what happens”. This blog needs more tropical treats.

  3. February 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    It’s fun seeing my package and cookies “on the other side”! I don’t normally make them that big, but the normal size seemed too skimpy for a cookie exchange. Enjoy the cookie butter!

    • February 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Trust me, they are the perfect size! A cookie monster like me needs portion control. 🙂

  4. February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    What beautiful cookies. They look and sound delicious:) Happy Valentine’s Day:)

  5. February 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    These sound perfect right about now… you know, lunchtime? 🙂

  6. February 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    What a fun package! Those cookies look amazing.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. February 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Those look really delicious to me right now. I think I need one!

  8. February 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Andriana, Your mother rocks. What a good gal to make a photo play-by-play for you to post. I hope you shared those delicious-looking cookies with her. My cookies, Giant Ginger Snaps, were huge but that didn’t stop me from eating the whole dozen. Actually ate two the first night I received them. We have no shame, do we? Happy Valentine’s Day and I am happy you participated in this.

    • February 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      I left her two cookies to enjoy for her warehousing/photography services. I wanted to bump her commission up to 25% but she wouldn’t let me. 😉

  9. February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    These look great! I love cowboy cookies. Lucky you! I make them with different trail mixes (from Trader Joe’s) for different fruit/nut/chocolate combinations. Hope work calms down soon. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. February 15, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Thise cookies look amazing, and I heart Speculoos spread. The owl card is adorable!!!!

  11. February 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Thank you Adriana for the fabulous Guava bar cookies! They were such a hit with all in my family! I can’t wait to try your recipe! It was so generous of you to add the guava paste to the box! So glad you were my secret valentine!!
    Looks like you got a wonderful treat yourself! Those cowboy cookies look amazing!! And what could be better than cookie butter….yum!

  12. February 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi Sweetie: Happy V day.. a bit late but I have been swamped. I never hear of these cookies, but they looked really good. Hope all is well y te mando bendiciones…


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