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Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies

There are lots of versions of Cowboy Cookies, but this is the one I have made for years. This recipe came from my best friend’s mom. She used to make them all the time when we were growing up.

Cowboy Cookies

Some versions of Cowboy cookies contain M&M’s and some don’t. My friend’s mom used M&M’s in hers, so that is my favorite way to make them too.

I love changing these up using the holiday and seasonal M&M’s.

If you have never made Cowboy Cookies you need to make some. Kids and adults love these!

I will say that this is one of the few recipes I make that uses shortening. It is worth it in these. Yes you can use butter, but shortening gives them a better texture.

Cowboy Cookies

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  1. mjpuzzlemom says:

    These look good. DO you know if they would work with butter instead of shortning?

  2. I have never tried them with butter. It should work, it just may change the texture a little. I have used butter in place of shortening in other cookies and it worked fine. You could use 1/2 and 1/2 the first time to see how it the butter does. If you try it with butter let me know how they turn out.

  3. These look delicious! I’ve book marked them. Thanks!


  4. Oh these look SO good, I’ve bookmarked them 🙂

  5. Do you freeze these after you bake them?

    • @Tammy, Yes these freeze well after you bake them. I have frozen other cookie doughs before, but I have not frozen this dough, just after baking. I hope that helps.

  6. Jill Oldehoeft says:

    YOur picture has M & M’s but the recipe only has choc chips??

    • I mentioned M&M’s in the post, but you are right they are not in the recipe. I just added them. If you want them in the recipe I use 1 cup or so. You can use them in place of the chocolate chips or for extra chocolate use both.

  7. Jill Oldehoeft says:

    Hi- how much does this yield? Thank you!

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