A Cowboy Cookie is usually huge and heartily crammed with chocolate chips, oatmeal, nuts and peanut butter. In other words, all things delish but honestly I could not resist adding a couple more things like dried cranberries and dates to create a taste explosion. These cookies are so packed with goodness, the size of each cookie needed to be cut in half to become Little Cowboy Cookies with Cranberries and Dates.
Hurricane Harvey is rapidly on his way to Kentucky and has blown in a few preliminary showers ahead of him. God bless the poor individuals in Texas who are struggling to overcome his wrath…my prayers are with you.
Since the rain has temporarily curtailed my outside stay-cation plans, there is no better time to be productive than making Little Cowboy Cookies with Cranberries and Dates? I am feeling it!
The idea behind a Cowboy Cookie is to throw everything, but the kitchen sink into a cookie to sustain “the cowboy” for an all day trail ride. It has been many years since I have gone trail riding and equally as many years since I have baked these cookies. With each sheet pan I place in the oven, I am reminded of very fond memories and the days when the family would spend all day on the back of a horse (or in a horse-drawn wagon). Gosh, those were truly the wonderful years!
- 2½ cups shortening
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2½ cups brown sugar
- 5 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chunky peanut butter
- 41/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2½ cups bran flakes
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped dates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Cream together shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and peanut butter.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add to the creamed mixture. Add oats, bran flakes, chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries, and dates; mix well.
- Drop by rounded ⅛-cupfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake until the edges turn brown and centers still look chewy (11 to 13 minutes, depending on your oven).